NYC Subway Shut Down for Hours by ... 2 Kittens

They're eventually rescued
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2013 4:57 AM CDT
New York Subway Shut Down by... Kitten Duo
In this Aug. 29, 2013 photo provided by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York, two kittens stand between the rails on subway tracks in the Brooklyn borough of New York.   (AP Photo/Metropolitan Transit Authority)

The appearance of a pair of feline friends temporarily halted two New York City subway lines yesterday in Brooklyn, DNAinfo New York reports. When officials noticed the kittens shortly after 11am, they shut down the power running to the Q and B lines, and a boss unsuccessfully "tried to corral them," according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. As locals took replacement shuttle buses, the story spread on the Internet; eventually, police climbed onto the tracks to pursue the creatures.

"People were throwing out ideas. The wind blew off a box of honey buns in their direction. We thought, ‘Maybe that would work?'" said a bystander. Service was up and running by about 1:09pm, but officers didn't catch them until nearly 6pm, with the aid of an insulated glove, the New York Daily News reports. The kittens, four weeks old, are set to receive medical evaluations at a Brooklyn animal shelter. Click through for more photos and video. (Read more New York City stories.)

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