Mischievous kitten found along road settles in at Humane Society
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The kitten found Tuesday along Colorado Highway 131 near Steamboat Springs now has a name, but it remains unclear where he came from.
“Jumanji is what we are naming the kitten because he’s so mischievous,” Routt County Humane Society Executive Director Alexis Pagoulatos said. “For such a small little cat, he caused quite a bit of chaos.”
Routt County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Ryan Adrian was driving along Colo. 131 looking for a car that reportedly was involved in a disturbance with a cyclist, doing donuts and throwing items out of a window.
Adrian did not find the car, but he did come across a man walking alongside the road carrying a kitten.
The Sheriff’s Office released body cam video of Adrian’s interaction with the man, who said he was walking toward Yampa and found the kitten in a box along the side of the road.
“I wasn’t going to leave it on the side of the road,” the man said to Adrian.
Adrian agreed to take the cat to the Routt County Humane Society even though he did not have a crate in which to transport the animal.
That ended up creating some issues.
While driving toward the Humane Society, Adrian called for an animal control officer to help because he was having a hard time controlling the kitten, which would not stop crawling around Adrian’s head. The kitten later settled down and took a nap in Adrian’s lap.
On Thursday, Jumanji was making himself at home at the Humane Society and was about to get examined by a vet. Jumanji was not dehydrated when he came to the Humane Society, but he was hungry.
“He obviously had some care prior,” Pagoulatos said. “He’s a little chubby, so that’s good.”
Jumanji is sweet and gentle, but he is a little needy.
“He actually hates being alone,” Pagoulatos said. “We’ve been carrying him around with us while we do our daily chores and tasks.”
Jumanji is living up to his reputation of being a mischievous cat. He snuck behind the copy machine at one point to nibble on wires.
Unless his owner comes forward, Jumanji will be available for adoption in a couple of weeks.
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