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Sydney’s The M5 tunnel is at all times a transport furrow full of trucks and cars. It’s certainly no place for a kitten.
But earlier this month, late at night, when traffic Racing through the turnpike, control personnel conducting a regular closed-loop camera scan of the tunnel would quickly spot a little furry drama against the concrete barricade, in a breakdown area called Cross Passage 29.

“It was around 11 o’clock when the traffic control center noticed a very small kitten and called our incident response team to come help,” says Peter Redwin, Westconnex’s chief of maintenance and operations, who operates the M5.

Kitten rescue
Control personnel conducting a regular CCTV scan of the tunnel saw a stranded kitten. (9News)
Kitten rescue
Control personnel conducting a regular CCTV scan of the tunnel saw a stranded kitten. (9News)

As the message spread, the little gray protagonist could be observed on the monitors trying to figure out how she got there, cautiously trying to find her way out. But the roar of a passing B-Double noticeably filled the little cat’s ears and she flinched, curling into a small ball on the edge of the wall.

However, salvation was on the way. Among the three-man team in the incident response vehicle that took the call was Christian Duffy.

“At first one of the guys jumped up to try to catch her, but she disagreed,” Duffy told 9News. The night vision shows the kitten easily eluding her fluro angel, running from the truck and getting closer to the unforgiving track.

“The first attempt was not very good, but we did not give up,” says the chief of operations. The crew quickly repositioned upstream for a second attempt. This time, all three members were needed to ensure safe custody of the kitten.

Kitten rescue
It took all three members of the response team to ensure safe custody of the kitten. (9News)
Rescued kitten
Christian Duffy and his team rescued a small gray kitten from the M5 tunnel in Sydney. (9News)

“Was he in a bad mood?” I ask, “Did she scratch you?”

“No, she wasn’t aggressive at all, she was just very scared,” says Duffy. “She was scared and wanted a slightly comfortable place, and she felt comfortable with me.” The kitten quickly settles on her sternum, as if to prove her point, while cradling her in her hands.

Lucky East, as Mr. Duffy christened it, after the slice of Transport infrastructure where he was found – found a home with him and his girlfriend Holly. “We’ve wanted an animal for a while, so …” says Mr. Duffy.

“The universe must have been listening,” I observe.

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Christian Duffy and the kitten who has adopted him, East. (9News)

Duffy’s boss attributes the rescue to a team effort: eyes in the sky and wheels on the ground. “It is a wonderful job that they do, watching over all our drivers and animals, at all times,” he says.

“I was about to say all the big and small creatures, friend” I add.

“That’s the one,” says the boss.


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