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Police See Tiniest Kitten On Highway — And Shut Down Whole Road To Save Her

They weren't going to let anything happen to her 💞

Sometimes, the least threatening suspects are the hardest ones to catch.

This was the case for police in Auckland, New Zealand, last week when they got a call that a “small orange and white ball of fluff” was trying its hardest to cause accidents on the Southwestern Motorway.

Police rushed to the scene and soon found the cause of the disruption: a tiny kitten huddled against a concrete barrier.

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Auckland Police Department

“Unfortunately she was spooked by the approaching officer and quickly bolted across three lanes of live traffic,” police said on Facebook. “She narrowly avoided the worst.”

Now trapped on a small strip in the center of the freeway, the police had no choice but to temporarily close the entire highway down. This extra precaution proved to be the right decision, and they were able to wrangle the kitten and bring her to safety soon after.

“In all, it took a little over a half an hour for them to get her,” Shelley Nahr, media coordinator for the department, told The Dodo.

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Auckland Police Department

But like any rambunctious kitten would, she wasn’t finished causing trouble.

After one officer put her into his patrol car, he made a quick phone call before pulling away. That’s when he noticed the kitten wasn’t anywhere in sight.

“He searched high and low and found nothing,” police said. “Until he heard the faintest meow coming from the dashboard.”

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Mechanics looking for the kitten | Auckland Police Department

Somehow, the kitten had squeezed herself up into the dashboard — so off they went to a local mechanic to rescue her for the second time in one day.

After removing the entire dash from the patrol car, mechanics found the kitten just where they had expected: tucked around a heating fan.

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Auckland Police Department

In her third stroke of luck for the week, it wasn’t long until the tiny kitten landed herself a forever home after the whole ordeal. The dispatcher who took the original 911 call about the cat, a woman named Glenda, decided the kitten would make the perfect addition to her family.

“She now lives with her new owner and her three daughters,” Nahr said. “They have a bulldog named Dobby, so they named her Winky as that is the elf’s best friend’s name in the ‘Harry Potter’ novels.”

Auckland Police Department

While Winky arrived with fleas and cat flu from her former life as a stray, she is doing well on antibiotics and is expected to make a full recovery.

And, just as intended, Dobby and Winky are becoming the best of friends.

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Winky with her new dog brother, Dobby | Auckland Police Department
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