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Team Looking for Asian Carp Makes A Cat Rescue Along The Flooded Mississippi

An investigative team from the Detroit Free Press  takes a boat down the Mississippi river looking for Asian carp and comes up with an orange tabby cat instead.

Reporters from the Detroit Free Press set out on May 2 for a seven state river journey to discover how far Asian carp may have traveled toward the Great Lakes, how much damage they may have done, and what the government is doing to contain them.

Here is a May 9 travel journal entry  from reporter Tina Lam and photographer Brian Kaufman, where they tell of their unexpected cat rescue on the river; followed by the story in pictures:

RIDGELY, Tenn. — Ronnie Capps, a Tennessee wildlife officer, took us out in his boat on the flooded river today near the border with Missouri. We were riding on fast-moving rapids, on top of submerged roads and farms, and beside sandbagged secondary levees that broke. To us, it looked like a giant lake, but most of it was somebody’s land.

We rescued an orange tabby cat from a burst levee. Ronnie guessed the bedraggled, half-soaked animal had been there about a week, since the waters started rising. It looked hopeless and half-dead, with water gushing all around it. We got it into the boat and it meowed frantically. We sped it to dry land, where it raced into the tall grass.

This orange tabby cat looked hopeless and half-dead, with water gushing all around it in Ridgely, Tenn., along the flooded Mississippi River.
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Ronnie Capps, a Tennessee wildlife officer, pulls the cat into the boat.
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The orange tabby got it into the boat and it meowed frantically.
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The team sped the cat to dry land along the flooded Mississippi River.
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When it reached dry land, the cat jumped into the tall grass.



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    May 10, 2011 7:50 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Gail Collier

    Ah, but if it kept into the grass, it didn’t stay rescued.

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  • May 10, 2011 7:52 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Tammy Babcock

    Every cat saved is atrue miracle.

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    May 10, 2011 7:53 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Gail Collier

    Lept

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      May 11, 2011 9:41 amPosted 3 years ago
      Tammy

      So he just needed a lift? Would much rather had him checked by a vet and fed, rested and loved up a bit before he took off into the wild again~! Ungrateful cuss…….. Praying he’s okay~!

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    May 10, 2011 8:07 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Laurie

    Heartwarming, until they set it the half starved panicked cat free to fend for itself. Might have been nice to bring it to the shelter or even search out the owner. Just sayin…

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  • May 10, 2011 8:16 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Life With Cats

    Well, rescued from the broken levee and the river. We wondered where it ran off to, also.

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  • May 10, 2011 8:18 pmPosted 3 years ago
    J Angeles

    Bet the cat came out there to look for the carp too.

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  • May 10, 2011 8:25 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Helen Maguire

    I think a good feed and a few night sleep might have helped.. before being released…

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  • May 10, 2011 9:38 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Judith Jackson

    Glad the cat was rescued from the broken levee but wish it had been taken to a rescue group before being released. Hope the kitty is doing well.

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  • May 10, 2011 10:27 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Jeri Tonti

    they didnt have a way to hold on to him…he was obviously not in much of a good mood….he will most likely be ok…just one of those situations where you do what you can

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  • May 10, 2011 10:45 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Francine Geoffroy

    a history which finishes well, ouf !

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  • May 10, 2011 11:11 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Machelle Trail

    maybe he’s got a fighting chance now…………

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  • May 10, 2011 11:29 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Wanda Velez

    im bummed he was not taken to a vet for a check up/ hydrate or taken to local rescuers :(

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      May 14, 2011 2:41 amPosted 3 years ago
      Lynn

      I SOOO AGREE, Wanda! My first thoughts after reading about this partial rescue, at least the kitty is not in the water, but…..they could’ve gone one step further for his or her sake! darn it… I sure hope this gets publicity and someone takes care of the kitty now!

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  • May 10, 2011 11:29 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Wanda Velez

    im bummed he was not taken to a vet for a check up/ hydrate or taken to local rescuers :(

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  • May 11, 2011 8:38 amPosted 3 years ago
    Life With Cats

    We’ll try to check to see how near or far from homes and businesses this occurred. We have hoped the cat could run off home or to someone who’d help him but have no knowledge of that. At least he was saved from his predicament on the river.

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    May 12, 2011 3:36 amPosted 3 years ago
    Glenda Hassett

    Did they try to hang on to him so he could be taken to a vet or at least a shelter, poor kitty, he was scared to death as it was , seems they could have wrapped a coat around him to keep him warm and keep him from scratching them if that was a problem. I guess they did what they thought they should , thank you for that ,at least the kitty isn’t in the water any more.

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    May 12, 2011 9:41 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Hilda

    What they did was good, but not quite good enough. Where there’s a will there’s a way!

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    May 13, 2011 10:47 amPosted 3 years ago
    Heather

    After watching so many animals shows where they do nothing, just let nature takes it’s course, it is nice to know someone did something. Hopefully he just got caught off guard and needed a lift to a dry land.

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    May 14, 2011 2:39 amPosted 3 years ago
    Lynn

    It’s nice they rescued it at first, but this kitty needed water right away and then food and how about a good home? That would be a real RESCUE for this poor guy or girl! Who knows where it lives or if it had a home, a microchip to check to trace it’s home??? Now it’s just living in the wild again, so not the best outcome, if it was someones pet..I hope not, if people would keep their cats INDOORS always, this guy or girl would not be out there in the elements and danger…that’s IF it has a home…but something to think about always..I hope someone took this kitty in for water and food after this???

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