A six-week-old kitten was rescued this morning from the Metro tracks at the Fort Totten station.
The kitten, a gray and black tabby, was lying underneath the third rail of the southbound tracks of the Yellow and Green lines between 8 and 11 am, according to David Smith, a spokesperson for the Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League (WHS/WARL).
After a customer reported the kitten sighting to the Metro station manager, Animal Control Officers arrived at the station. They contacted WMATA Emergency Management Team member Walt Lanier, who asked WMATA Command Center to briefly cut the power to the third rail. This allowed Lanier to climb down and retrieve the kitten before passing it to Animal Control Officer Kyle Heck. There was no impact to train service, according to WMATA.
Now appropriately dubbed “Totten,” the kitten has been transferred to the New York Avenue Adoption Center and appears healthy, according to the Humane Society.