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South Bend officer rescues kitten from rush-hour traffic

June 24, 2021 GMT
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South Bend Police Officer Chris Voros tries to coax a kitten out from under his car Wednesday, June 23, 2021, on Lafayette Blvd., just south of Stull Street, in South Bend, Ind. (Michael Caterina/South Bend Tribune via AP)
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South Bend Police Officer Chris Voros tries to coax a kitten out from under his car Wednesday, June 23, 2021, on Lafayette Blvd., just south of Stull Street, in South Bend, Ind. (Michael Caterina/South Bend Tribune via AP)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana police officer turned cat-whisperer to help rescue a kitten after the frisky feline darted in front of his cruiser during rush-hour traffic.

South Bend Police Officer Chris Voros was driving about 5 p.m. Wednesday when the gray kitten ran in front of his cruiser. Voros stopped, got out and tried to help the cat but it darted under his vehicle.

After trying unsuccessfully to coax the cat out by calling “Here, kitty, kitty,” he then tried to lure it into the open with a stick. But that didn’t work and the cat hopped into a wheel well beneath Voros’ cruiser at one point before hopping back down, the South Bend Tribune reported.

A photographer with the newspaper who was driving by stopped and photographed Voros’ rescue efforts.

Bystanders soon stopped to help and within a few minutes the cat emerged and they helped Voros corral it. The officer wrapped the kitten in a towel, placed in his back seat and drove off.