There's no more appropriate name for Chuck Hawley's new kitten than "Sticky." The tiny furball, thought to be no more than 8 weeks old, was stuck in the middle of a road, covered in glue, when Oregon's Hawley spotted it while traveling from Silverton to Salem around 7am Friday. As vehicles swerved to avoid the animal, Hawley went for the rescue. "Her front feet came off easy, but her back feet were still stuck, so I peeled the glue off the road and took it with us. That was easier," he tells the Salem Statesman Journal.
Three puncture wounds of unknown cause were revealed under the kitten's neck after baths in dish soap and mineral oil. "It's the worst thing I can imagine," says the veterinarian who treated the animal. She tells CNN the placement of the kitten must have been intentional. But Hawley, who's received messages from around the world, believes most people would've helped rather than hurt Sticky, whom he's now adopted. "I'm glad people have found hope in this little kitten," he says. "The whole world needed a good story." (A squirrel recently received CPR.)