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Port Authority saves kitten in Lincoln Tunnel

2019-09-12

It’s a tail for the ages.

A Port Authority Police officer rescued a tiny tan kitten in the Lincoln Tunnel Tuesday after the frightened feline crawled into a ventilation shaft, officials said.

Officer Chris Rothenburger first learned of the lost cat from an NJ Transit bus driver who had stopped in the tunnel’s South Tube after spotting the fur ball, a spokesman for the Port Authority Police said. The driver told Rothenburger that the kitten had slipped into a curb ventilation shaft on the New Jersey side of the Tunnel.

The officer called on Port Authority Tunnel and Bridge Agent Eric Bardach for backup, and together they were able to pull the puss to safety.

Port Authority Police Officer Krystal Armenti, who has cared for more than 20 strays during her four-year tenure working at the tunnel, took the kitten in and named her Penny.

Another stray — later named Abe Lincoln — was also saved by a Port Authority staffer last month.