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. ____________________
Ronnie Capps, a Tennessee wildlife officer, pulls the cat into the boat. ____________________ –
The orange tabby got it into the boat and it meowed frantically. ____________________ –
The team sped the cat to dry land along the flooded Mississippi River. ____________________
When it reached dry land, the cat jumped into the tall grass.