A Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) train driver, Allan Mahadeo, saw a small black cat on the tracks in front of his train, next to the third rail, just before 10 PM on October 7, 2021, as he was travelling southbound to Times Square. He decided to rescue the cat. He stopped the train, got out, got down to the tracks and the cat allowed him to pick her up and place her on the platform. That is as far as the story goes. Well done to Allan for deciding to stop the train and rescue the cat. He is a cat owner which must have helped.
However, the story is incomplete from a cat lover’s perspective. The question I have is what happened next? A black cat on a subway platform is not going to get very far safely. I would hope that somebody stepped in and continued with the rescue to the point where the cat is entirely safe which in this instance would mean rehomed in a rescue centre or someone’s home. We don’t know what happened so we have no idea whether the cat was ultimately rescued and let’s hope rehomed.
It is, sadly, a little typical of news media stories that we only get half the story. Often, with cat rescue stories, we do not know what happened to the cat at the end of the day. No blame is attached because it is commercially unviable to follow up on these stories.
P.S. Wikipedia says: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is a public benefit corporation responsible for public transportation in the New York City metropolitan area of the U.S. state of New York.
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