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Kittens on the Metro!

I was in the métro with Ronald and Stroopwafel Fiend on Saturday night when I spotted a man on the platform carrying something on his shoulder. I practically bounced up and down like a small child, "Look, look, he's got a kitten!" The man spotted me, sat down in the seat next to us and immediately handed me the kitten to hold! It mewled and promptly tried to do a runner over my shoulder.

Fiend and Ronald had the bright idea of taking photos while I hogged the kitten -- thanks guys. The kitten soon settled down and it seems it was the new experience of the métro that had upset it, rather than being unceremoniously handed over to a stranger as I'd feared.

Then the man opened his big black bag to reveal another grey kitten sleeping at the bottom of it! He picked it up to hand it to us, but we said to let it sleep. It hung between his hands like a furry crescent, opened its eyes a crack, didn't think it was worth the effort and went right back to sleep again.

The man said the kittens were too young to have names, they were six weeks old. I thought that was a smidge on the young side to be away from their mum so I asked about that and got a sad story in return. It seems that the mother was a feral cat and had actually eaten three of her nest before the man rescued the last two.

By this time, quite a few people had spotted the kitten and there were smiles going all round the carriage. An elderly woman got in at the next stop and wanted to sit down where the bag was. The look on her face when she spotted what was in the bag... Priceless.

Close up of grey kitten on my shoulder.

Me holding a grey kitten.



( 4 comments — Comment )
Sep. 20th, 2005 08:55 am (UTC)
*wants to cuddle them*
Sep. 20th, 2005 11:57 am (UTC)
I bet you did bounce. "Practically". Hee hee!
Sep. 20th, 2005 01:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Kitten!
Ahem, yes, well.

The man put on a high-pitched voice and imitated me oo-ing over the kitten. :-)
Sep. 21st, 2005 12:37 am (UTC)
Oh my I would have gone gaga too! What a lovely metro experience!!!!! So cute!
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