8-Week-Old Kitten Rescued on Verrazano Bridge

Gray and white kitten named Bridget

Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011  |  Updated 12:32 PM EDT
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Bridget is currently being treated at an animal hospital.

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An adorable 8-week-old kitten was rescued on the Verrazano Bridge late last week, authorities say.

The MTA says a motorist called to report a small animal on the Brooklyn-bound lower level of the bridge early Friday.

Bridge personnel Steven Louisa, Michael Murphy and Lt. Raymond Salemmo responded and found a kitten on the lower level near the Staten Island tower.

Murphy and Salemmo managed traffic while Louisa scooped up the kitten. MTA officials aren't sure how the feline got up there.

The kitten was taken to Bay Street Animal Hospital for evaluation. Vets determined her to be an 8-week-old female.

They named her Bridget.

A head technician treating at Bridget at Bay Street Animal Hospital told NBC New York she's a longhair domestic kitten with a great personality. Her health status won't be available for a few days pending the completion of some routine tests.

This isn't the first time a kitten has been rescued from the Verrazano. In July, an Animal Care and Control officer rescued a gray kitten that had been tossed from a moving car onto the bridge.

The then 5-week-old kitten, at first aptly named Verrazano, was taken to an animal hospital and later adopted by comedian and talk-show host Whoopi Goldberg. Whoopi renamed him Vinny.
 

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