A kitten that jumped into the wheel well of a car stopped in gridlock traffic on a busy Oakland freeway Monday ended up finding a new home after the witness offered to adopt it on the spot, officials said.
The scene unfolded about 8:45 a.m. when a motorist on Highway 580 spotted the kitten in the center divide near High Street. A driver attempted to scoop up the kitten but it instead pounced into the wheel well of a black Saab stopped nearby in rush-hour traffic.
The kitten's rescue comes shortly after a Chihuahua named Charm was rescued from a concrete divider on Interstate 680 in Walnut Creek and reunited with her family.
CHP Officer John Fransen told The Times last week that it is not uncommon for officers to find dogs and kittens dumped along the center median. But sometimes, the officers are too late.
"They don't always have a fighting chance," Fransen said.