Viral video shows firefighters as they rescue a kitten on a busy street in Abu Dhabi

A heartwarming (and heart-stopping) video was caught in Abu Dhabi Thursday morning when the Abu Dhabi Civil Defence rescued a kitten trapped on a busy street.

(courtesy of Instagram)

Traffic was stopped on Shaikh Zayed Street (AKA Salam Street) after a call went out alerting Civil Defence that a kitten was in need of assistance. At least five personnel can be seen walking on a four-lane empty street, which was blocked by them so the kitten could be safely rescued from the shoulder of the road.

The 44-second video, which has gone viral, shows four firefighters walking  up to the kitten, before gently picking it up and running back to their vehicles. Three firefighter trucks were used to block the road.

Thousands have watched the video that was originally posted on the Abu Dhabi Network’s Instagram account after the video was sent to them by a resident. Director General Colonel Mohammad Abdul Jaleel Al Ansari stated

“The cat was unable to get off the street because of the traffic congestion.”

The teams deal with similar incidents continuously in the UAE, and take both humanitarian and animal welfare seriously, Al Ansari added.

Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, sits off the mainland on an island in the Persian (Arabian) Gulf. It’s nice to know a call about a kitten in peril was taken seriously and was rescued in time.



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Elisa Black-Taylor

Elisa is an experienced cat caretaker and rescuer. She lives in the US. As well as being a professional photographer, Elisa has been a regular contributor to PoC for nine years. See her Facebook page.

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2 Responses

  1. Susan Gort says:

    Thanks to all those who helped the kitten. Hope it gets a wonderful furever home!

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