A kitten who was found frozen to an Ohio road earlier is recovering this week. On her way to work Monday morning, Dara Taylor drove by what she believed to be a dirty clump of ice on the side of the road, but she had a strange feeling that led her to stop her car and investigate. Taylor found that the clump of ice was actually a 5-month-old kitten, completely frosted over with ice.
"It was total shock when I saw him move," Taylor told a local Fox affiliate. "As soon as I opened up my door, you could hear the meows -- the forlorn little cries. I just cradled him in my arms and put him back in the van."
Taylor immediately brought the kitten, who has since been named Frosty, to the Friendship Animal Protective League (APL), in Elyria, Ohio. There, Frosty was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection, which had produced a buildup of fluid in his eyes that left them glued shut in the cold. His limbs were so ice-coated he was unable to move, and a spokesperson from the APL said vets are unsure whether they'll be able to save Frosty's frozen tail.
But APL representatives say that Frosty is showing signs of a strong recovery, despite the ordeal. The kitten's body temperature reached a normal range shortly after he arrived at APL, and he's been enjoying canned food from the comfort of a foster home, where he's stayed wrapped in a heated blanket. Frosty was able to open his eyes after vets provided a course of antibiotics and cleaned out the fluid, and they expect his infection to go away within the next few weeks.
Once APL is sure he's healthy, Frosty will be put up for adoption. The organization says dozens of people across the country have already reached out, eager to welcome the little kitten into their homes.