Kittens Run onto Subway Tracks in Brooklyn, Trains Shut Down

Service was suspended for about an hour on the B and Q lines

By Andrew Rudansky
|  Friday, Aug 30, 2013  |  Updated 3:57 PM EDT
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Two kittens got loose on subway tracks in Brooklyn, and the MTA suspended service on two of its lines around lunchtime as workers in reflective vests tried to corral the felines, witnesses and officials said.

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Two kittens got loose on subway tracks in Brooklyn, and the MTA suspended service on two of its lines around lunchtime as workers in reflective vests tried to corral the felines, witnesses and officials said.

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Two kittens ran onto subway tracks in Brooklyn Thursday, and the MTA halted trains on two lines for about an hour as workers in reflective vests tried to corral the felines, witnesses and officials said. 

But as it turns out, NBC 4 New York can confirm that herding cats is a difficult feat.

Video obtained by NBC 4 New York shows the kittens -- one black, one white with gray stripes -- racing up and down the tracks near the third rail, darting around empty bottles and other debris, at the B/Q Church Avenue station in Prospect Lefferts Gardens around midday.

It wasn't known if the kittens were strays or pets. 

The MTA shut off power to the area so workers could go down and try to coax the kittens into carrying cases.

People waiting for their trains offered to help, but the MTA said they couldn't because of safety concerns, witnesses said. 

Power was restored and trains began moving again, but the kittens remained on the tracks as trains passed by. 

Kalina Roberts said she had been waiting for the trains to start moving for about an hour. In the meantime, she watched the kittens run back and forth. She wasn't sure they would ever be caught. 

"The man's like, 'Come here kittens ... and like, he's scaring the cat so they're not going to come out," said Roberts, who was headed to Coney Island.
 
The frisky kitties were later rescued and were in the custody of Animal Care & Control.

 

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