A boy and his mother were driving along a fast-moving highway when they saw the unthinkable: someone tossing an animal out the window.
Gavin Orlowski and his mother, Erin Brown, were both so shocked by what they had witnessed, a van in front of them heaving a small cat out of the side window and speeding away, according to WZZM. Gavin’s mother gasped at the sight, but Gavin immediately jumped into action.
But gathering the cat wouldn’t be easy. Not only was Gavin running into traffic on the highway, which can be incredibly difficult to stop considering the speed, the cat itself was in a precarious situation.
The cat had nearly fallen over the bridge to the ground below, clinging to life at the edge of the highway overpass. Gavin realized he didn’t have much time if he was going to save the animal.
“There’s a cat being thrown out a window, running all around the street because the van in front of us just threw it out,” Gavin said as he jumped into action. “I was just thinking like I need to get this cat.”
“I turned back and held up my hand [to stop traffic],” he said. “The cat is like hanging off the over-bridge, like 75-percent of his body is like over the bridge.”
Once Gavin was able to secure the cat, it was undoubtedly thankful, showing its affection by refusing to leave Gavin’s side.
“It was gone, the truck just bolted out of there,” he said, noting that police were looking for the people responsible. “Why wouldn’t you just let a cat go, at least just let him go, not just throw him off a bridge.”
Gavin and his mother rushed the cat to the animal hospital to get it examined, making sure it was healthy after the had made the unlikely journey.
“Turns out nothing was really wrong with it except all of his nails got cut off because of him trying to grasp the asphalt on the road and his back hurt from the fall,” he said.
But when the family was due to pay the bill for the cat’s treatment, they were notified that one of their Facebook friends had offered to cover the entire thing due to Gavin’s quick thinking and bravery.
Brown also saw the unmistakable bond between Gavin and his new rescue, admiring the heart it took to make such a save.
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“I thought of the name lucky because it is lucky to not be hit by a car on the highway,” Gavin explained.
Lucky indeed, Gavin. Lucky for everyone.
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