Kit­ten res­cued from storm drain

Palm Beach Daily News - - TODAY - By ALEESE KOPF

A lucky kit­ten got a new mommy for Mother’s Day af­ter be­ing res­cued Sun­day af­ter­noon from a storm drain at the Royal Poin­ciana Plaza.

Palm Beach Fire-Res­cue work­ers pulled a trapped black-and-white kit­ten from the drain near Sant Am­broeus res­tau­rant af­ter plaza tenants re­ported hear­ing its me­ows.

Fire­fight­ers en­tered the storm drain from two sides. Lt. Joe Sekula used an air tank to make noise to scare the kit­ten in the di­rec­tion of Fire­fighter Pa­trick Fraw­ley, who safely pulled the kit­ten out of the drain.

Jill Bot­nick, owner of Squeeze Pi­lates stu­dio at the plaza, im­me­di­ately adopted the kit­ten and named it Stormy. Res­cuers were un­sure if the kit­ten is male or fe­male.

Bot­nick said she was as­sist­ing with the kit­ten res­cue ear­lier in the day be­fore she had to leave for a Mother’s Day event. She re­turned to pick up the kit­ten as soon as valet work­ers told her of the suc­cess­ful res­cue.

“It’s so sweet ... such a precious baby,” said Bot­nick, who also owns a 5-year-old cat named Lilly. “She has blue eyes just like me, just like her mother.”

Photo by Aleese Kopf

The res­cued kit­ten has been named Stormy.

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