Kitten rescued from wheel well on Howard Frankland resting in new St. Pete home

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – The Florida Highway Patrol closed part of the Howard Frankland Bridge Sunday morning after a Good Samaritan saved a kitten she spotted on the highway.

FHP said Claudette Zoll was driving northbound on Interstate 275 when she saw the kitten flying out of the back of a truck and into the road. When she pulled over to help the kitten, it ran underneath her car and was stuck in one of the wheel wells.

“And I just seen this, which obviously was the cat, this black and white thing just kind of snowball out of it and roll and kind of bounce between the cars that were coming,” Zoll explained.

FHP, along with the St. Petersburg Fire Department and a road ranger, assisted Zoll in removing the kitten without injury.

Zoll told authorities the kitten flew out of an “old, brown truck with a silver metal topper.” Troopers said Zoll did not know for sure if the kitten was deliberately thrown.

However, she told News Channel 8 she doesn’t believe it’s coincidental. “It’s super important to just catch the person that’s doing it, if you start to see an occurrence of it. It’s unfortunately not coincidental at this point,” Zoll said.

She and her sister talked about naming the kitten Miracle. “We thought about Miracle. We actually … thought about calling it miracle because it’s a miracle she’s alive,” Zoll said.

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