Kitten rescued from storm drain
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.”
The rescued kitten has been named Stormy.