Cat rescued from I-94 overpass in Ypsilanti Township
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Firefighters this afternoon rescued a young calico cat from the Grove Road overpass above the rushing traffic of Interstate 94 in Ypsilanti Township.
Cruelty investigators from the Humane Society of Huron Valley were contacted by a woman running in a park near the Grove Road overpass who heard a cat meowing loudly.
When they arrived on scene around 2:45 p.m., they saw the cat found her way to perch on top of a concrete pylon that holds up the overpass on the eastbound side of I-94.
The cruelty investigators couldn’t reach the cat by themselves - so they enlisted the help of the Ypsilanti Township Fire Department.
Elise Ramsey, one of the cruelty investigators for the humane society that responded to the call, said she was struck by the cat’s bravery.
When approached by Ypsilanti Township Fire Lt. Keith Harr, rather than run away, the cat was friendly and ready to come down off her perch.
“I thought for sure once the firefighter got up there that she was going to be scared and try to get away,” Ramsey said. “She was so interested in getting down and kind of just stole my heart.”
I-94 is three lanes wide on the eastbound side at the Grove Road overpass.
"Most cats find their way down, but I was afraid she was going to find her way down into traffic," Harr said.
The cat is healthy and between 11 months and 1 year old, Ramsey said, and wasn’t injured in the incident.
The cat will be held at the humane society for four days to allow an owner to claim her, and then she will go up for adoption.
The cat does not have a microchip, and has not been de-clawed.
Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for AnnArbor.com. Reach her at (734) 623-2552, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter.