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Kentucky Sheriff Saves Fortunate Frozen Feline By Unsticking Paws Using Warm Water

Winter is a tough time of the year to be an animal born in the great outdoors. Unless you’re a polar bear or an emperor penguin, that is, and precious few of either of those two species are found in Mercer County, Kentucky.

When stray momma cats or dogs give birth to a litter during the winter time, the maternal instinct of the animal typically leads her to have her babies in any dark, warm place she can find. That way, she can hole up and nurse the babies for a day or two and hopefully the cold will pass so she can go forage some food.

Unfortunately, when these young puppies and kittens grow to a certain age, they almost inevitably head out to explore the world on their own. This can be exceptionally hazardous to their health, especially in the freezing cold winter time.

Fortunately, today’s story is good news. In this case, a super cute little grey tabby kitten was miraculously rescued from the deep Kentucky cold due to the thoughtful actions of a local sheriff who knew exactly what to do in this kind of animal emergency.

It seems that the little kitten had been frozen to a boat dock in Mercer County, Kentucky. The property owners reported that the poor animal had been stuck there for more than eleven hours after it had accidentally fallen into the water.

It then climbed out onto the bank, and the freezing temperatures caused both the kitten’s paws and fur to immediately adhere to a frozen rock. The poor animal was completely immobilized in the desperately cold weather.

Fortunately, for the little fellow, Roy and Laurie Jasper, a couple in their 60s who have a home near the marina, happened to notice the brave kitten’s predicament and decided to call for help.

That’s when Johnny on the spot Mercer County Sheriff Ernie Kelty arrived on the scene.

Once he saw what the circumstances were for the frozen feline, Sheriff Kelty went to his car to get some nice hot water. He then began to gently pour warm water onto the kitten’s paws.

After the sheriff managed to free the kitten’s frozen paws, the animal-loving law enforcement officer used a knife to slice away the fur on the kitten’s leg that was still adhered to the icy rock.

After the rescue was complete, Kelty reported that he managed to keep the kitten warm under his shirt for a few minutes until he could deliver the lucky creature to the Jaspers.

Even better, in an all’s well that ends well ending, the Jaspers decided to adopt the stray kitten and named the playful kitty Ernie in honor of his kind rescuer.

Source: Good News Network
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