Mother Cat Alerts Woman to Plight of Kitten Frozen to Concrete Drain

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A mother cat wouldn’t give up on one of her kittens, whose back leg was frozen to a storm drain, leaving the kitten exposed to the elements during a recent bout of brutally cold Nebraska weather. The cat’s persistence alerted a woman who left her warm home to investigate, according to KMTV and WOWT of Nebraska. The story made national news on NBC online.

“Last weekend during the frigid cold temperatures, an Elkhorn woman just happened to look out her window and see a mother cat trying to get something out of a storm drain,” a KMTV anchor explained. “She went outside to check it and said she was horrified by what she saw, a baby kitten dangling in the storm drain by one back foot that was frozen to the concrete.”

Erin Murray of WOWT near the storm drain where the kitten was found on a recent freezing cold Sunday in Elkhorn, Nebraska. (Screengrab: WOWT/

The woman used warm water to free the frozen kitten and took it to the Nebraska Humane Society hospital for emergency treatment for frostbite and two injured legs. Her caregivers have named the kitten Stormy. “Her whole leg was completely swollen after being stuck to the concrete,” said Dr. Elizabeth Marriott of NHS. A video posted by WOWT of Omaha shows Stormy lying on a soft blanket and purring. “This was one of the more severe cases,” said Dr. Marriott. Her back leg was so badly broken it will have to be amputated, she said. When Stormy recovers, the woman who rescued the kitten says she plans to adopt her.

Stormy will lose a leg but survived her ordeal and is doing well. (Screengrab: YouTube/KMTV)

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