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Ghost Kitten?

Laurie and I had a sad experience on our way in to work today; two dead kittens in the road, roughly half a block away from each other. The second one, as we pulled up to the intersection where it lay, twitched, leading to a frenzied moment of "Aah! It's still alive! Get it out of traffic!"

Sadly, it was not to be. :( The poor creature was dead. It hadn't been dead very long, but it eyes were open and glassy, there was no breathing, and the corpse had purged itself. The twitch was apparently post-mortem.

That lead to fifteen minutes of calling the Fairfax County Not My Department, in which Animal Control, the Fairfax Police, the Herndon Police, and then the Fairfax Police again all told me to call somebody else with my pleas of "Where there are two kittens, there are probably more! Can you please send someone out here to find the rest of the litter?"

The final answer was: no, if you don't actually see live kittens playing in traffic, it's officially Not Our Problem for everybody. I pay taxes why, again?

However, the story doesn't end there. For today I was also scheduled for an "updated company photo." Why the company could possibly want a photo of me, I have no idea, but they do. And during the taking of said photo, floating near my head big and bright, the camera picked up an orb. Although I'd heard of them many times, generally associated with "haunted places," this is the first time in my life I've encountered one.

Was it actually the ghost of a poor lil' kitten who latched on to the nearest creature that showed it any compassion, lingering until it can move on? Well, no. It was a shiny dust particle. But y'know, there is a part of me that would be greatly comforted this morning if it had been.

I'm sorry I couldn't help you, little guy. :(

-The Gneech



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Sep. 14th, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, how horrible. Well done for stopping, but I'm sorry you had to deal with that.
Sep. 14th, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I just wish we'd gotten there sooner!

Sep. 14th, 2010 03:20 pm (UTC)
Aww. *hugs* who says you DON'T get a ghost kitten even if it's invisible? You've earned ghost kittens for life, now :)
Sep. 14th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
I'll shepherd them as best I can. :) But if herding cats is difficult, what must herding ghost cats be like?

Sep. 14th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
Sep. 14th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
The "orb" tends to either be light or dust. I had to take one out in Photoshop that was on someone's shirt in an image I was printing.

That's really sad that that had happened. I hope the rest are safe, even if it's just the mom remaining.
Sep. 14th, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
I hope so too! Laurie's trying to get some of our local cat rescue contacts to come out and see if they can find any others.

Sep. 14th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
Aw, poor kitties. ):

Sep. 14th, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
Living in a rural area as I do we have a lot of barn and feral cats. It still tears a piece of my heart out each time I see one on the side of the road. Kittens are particularly hard to see and what you did was outstanding. No matter what the outcome was you showed kindness and compassion to one of God's beautiful creature. Seen or unseen I'm sure there is a very grateful ghost kitten romping in the fields across the Rainbow Bridge waiting to thank you.
Sep. 20th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
While this has nothing to do with dead kittens, I know exactly what you mean when you call "Officials" to do something and they keep passing the buck. I was working the night shift at a convenience store one night wondering why I had no customers in what was, while not a busy shift, one with customers regularly showing up a few minutes apart. Mur's boyfriend Bob came to get gas and wouldn't get out of his vehicle. He pointed to just below my window and yelled "You have a gator under your window!" I stood on tiptoes so I could see below the window (as I couldn't open the window to look down) and sure enough, there was a baby gator. The manager got the shock of her life when she got to work and saw it in the parking lot and made it into the building. She proceeded to call everybody in the county and they kept saying "It isn't our problem, call someone else." Finally she told one of them "We sell beer and have drunk people come here, and we have a school with young kids across the street. Put the three together and see what you come up with." So they sent someone out who was able to tie its arms behind its back, put it in the bed of the truck and went off to find a lake to put it in.
Oct. 14th, 2010 08:40 am (UTC)
My mom amazed me with a similar kitten happening.. one time when we were getting onto the freeway, she somehow spotted a kitten crouching on the dotted lines.
Somehow she pulled over FAST and RAN into traffic and rescued the kitten. I can hardly believe it, but if it makes you feel any better that some miracles do happen, even if some sad instances also exist.. maybe it can offset your grief a bit.

Yay for Oliver too!
Oct. 14th, 2010 03:04 pm (UTC)
If I had one, I'd give your mom a medal! :) That's pure heroism in my book!

-The Gneech
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