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