Kitten rescued after days on Elbow Island

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  Bridget the cat with one of her rescuers Thursday, May 1. Bridget the cat with one of her rescuers Thursday, May 1.

SOMERS POINT – A black and white long-haired kitten stranded on a small island underneath the Route 52 causeway bridge was rescued last week.  

It is unknown how long the young female cat had been on Elbow Island, or how she got there. But the cat, now named Bridget, apparently survived torrential rains and furious winds while stranded.

Two Somers Point women, some friends and Shamrock Towing were involved in the rescue.

Suzanne Kepner and a friend were walking the Route 52 causeway Sunday, April 27 when they heard the sound of a bird squawking coming from underneath the bridge in the vicinity of the “watch your speed” and 45 miles per hour speed limit signs.

They looked over the side of the bridge and were shocked when they spotted the kitten below on the small uninhabited island.

On their way back from their walk, Kepner stopped by Pet Pros in Somers Point to discuss what to do about the cat. She spoke with two of the employees, who suggested that she contact the Ocean City and or Somers Point police departments, one of the local boat towing companies and the cat rescue groups and the Ocean City Humane Society. One of the Pet Pros employees reached out to Peggy Thompson of Life Improvement for Cats and Kittens, or LICK.

Suzanne Fenton of Wildlife Aid, Somers Point Mayor Jack Glasser and Somers Point Police Officer Mark McElwee all offered to lend their help.

When the stranded kitten's plight was posted on social media, Shamrock Green Towing/Towboat US offered to help.

On Thursday morning, Kepner and several Pet Pros employees returned to the spot on the bridge where they had seen the kitten and heard it mewing.

Kepner stayed on the bridge, keeping the cat in her view, while Shamrock Green towboat with Thompson on board headed to the Elbow Island location. They found the kitten and brought it ashore.

The black and white long-haired cat has been examined by the veterinary staff at the Ocean City Humane Society, and other than being hungry and dehydrated, the animal was given a clean bill of health.

Thompson said Bridget is receiving IV fluids and is doing well. She said the veterinarian told the cat is quite young and does not have her 5-month teeth yet.

The rescuers said they have no idea the kittne wound up on Elbow Island, which is accessible only by water. Speculation includes the possibility that someone brought the cat out there and left it, or that it may have fallen or been thrown off the bridge.

Thompson said it will be at least a month before the animal can be adopted, but one thing is for certain. 

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