Officer Rescues Kitten Who Almost Froze During Blizzard

Officer Rescues Kitten Who Almost Froze During Blizzard

Two RCMP members rescued a tiny orange kitten on Tuesday when they saw her in the middle of the road in Canada. 

According to RCMP, while patrolling on Highway 39, Cpl. Sean Chiddenton and Cst. Ryan Oram came across the small kitten who was nearly frozen. Chiddenton says he originally saw something on the road and at the last second swerved around it. “I thought it was a chunk of ice that had fallen off a semi at first, but then thought it looked it an animal,” Chiddenton said in a Facebook post on the Saskatchewan RCMP page.

Apparently, Oram who was driving the vehicle was unable to swerve and the cat wound up under the center of the truck. “He backed up and the partially-frozen lump stood up and started walking towards him,” Chiddenton said.

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Chiddenton said he and Oram guessed the male kitten was probably under a vehicle to get away from the terrible weather, and when the vehicle drove away, he likely wound up in the middle of the highway. “The wet blowing snow stuck to him right away. He wasn’t moving very much, but was meowing non-stop,” Chiddenton said.

Oram put the kitten in his truck and the two men drove him to Prairie Animal Health Centre in Weyburn. Dr. Catherine Colodey, one of the veterinarians, said when the kitten came in the center, he was wrapped in a blanket and freezing in pain. “He was pretty much frozen solid,” Dr. Colodey said.

“We actually couldn’t even get a body temperature to register for him until about 45 minutes of working to try and get his body temperature to increase. He was obviously very hypothermic and very frostbitten,” Dr. Colodey continued. 

Credit: Prairie Animal Health Centre

They named the kitten Ambrose and gave him warm foods and warm water bubble baths. Finally, he was able to register a normal body temperature a few hours later. “Then his attitude and personality started coming back and it was just very rewarding for us for sure and even more so for the kitten,” Colodey said.

She said the tip of Ambrose’s tail may need to be amputated due to frostbite but otherwise, he should make a full recovery. “He is just an absolutely healthy happy cat with a big voice might I say. He’s like a lion,” Colodey said.

Ambrose is estimated to be between 4-5 months old and he’s already been adopted by one of the doctors at the clinic. 

Thanks to Chiddenton and Oram for saving this cutie’s life!

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[Featured Image Credit: Prairie Animal Health Centre- Weyburn/Facebook]