A North Carolina couple were driving over a bridge when they happened to spot a “strange creature” sitting close to the edge of the bridge’s side railing, so they drove back around. When they got a closer look at the animal, they realized what it was and successfully rescued it from a fatal drop.
On the night of June 23, 2017, Markus Heyder and Erin Hutchko were traveling across the 3-mile-long Wright Memorial Bridge in North Carolina. Heyder was behind the wheel, while Hutchko was fixed on the bridge’s side railing.
As their car sped by at 60 mph, Hutchko caught sight of “something alive” on the bridge’s railing.
Heyder turned back around to get another look at the “strange creature.” This time, Hutchko swore that there were a pair of eyes staring back at her. When Heyder drove back around the third time, they finally figured out what the mysterious animal was.
“Third time was a charm,” wrote Heyder in a Facebook post, where he shared his experience.
The creature was actually a tiny tortoiseshell kitten. Perched dangerously on the side railing, and seated close to the edge, the cat could easily fall into the ocean below.
She said she saw something alive on the bridge as we sped by at 60mph, so we looped around, and then she swore that something looked at her, so we looped around again. Third time was a charm. Lucky little kitty that his guardian angel crossed his path.
Posted by Markus P Heyder on Friday, June 23, 2017
“I was pumping the brakes and had the emergency blinkers on… both our hearts were beating,” Heyder wrote. They were scared the kitten was going to jump.
Luckily, this little kitty had a guardian angel who crossed her path. Heyder pulled over and Hutchko got out of the car.
Hutchko slowly approached the kitten with a towel in her hands. Then, she carefully leaned over the railing. Once she was close enough, she quickly reached over to pick up the kitten, and dashed back into the car.
Hi! My name is Bridgett Joy Turtle Heyder and this is my story… on Friday June 23rd I somehow ended up on the middle…
The heroic rescue was captured on video by Heyder, who later shared on Facebook.
“So glad she didn’t fall… what you can’t see in the video is her jumping around the back of the support beam clinging to an inch of concrete, which is why I had to reach over the edge to grab under her so she didn’t fall off. Not sure why these kitties keep ending up on our bridges…,” commented Hutchko.
To comfort the seemingly terrified kitten, Hutchko gently stroked her head while they made their way back home.
The tortoiseshell kitten, named Bridgett Joy Turtle Heyder by her two rescuers, was found to be relatively healthy after a trip to the vet.
“(She is) 1 1/2 pounds and only 6 weeks old,” Hutchko wrote. “Other than a few parasites, she’s a healthy, happy little girl.”
Now, Bridgett is living in her new forever home with her rescuers.
“I am doing great, eating well, and am much healthier now,” wrote Bridgett’s loving family on the Facebook page Bridgett Joy the Bridge Kitty.
Kudos to Heyder and Hutchko for rescuing the precious kitten. We’re glad to see Bridgett happy and well in her new home.