Cat-astrophe averted in Rosedale storm 1

Splinter the cat turned out to be every bit the survivor as her namesake from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle lore.

A Rosedale cat didn’t need to use one of her nine lives last weekend after getting caught in a storm drain during a downpour last weekend.

John Di Leonardo, an anthrozoologist and president of Long Island Orchestrating for Nature, said Splinter began her misadventure last Friday in a storm drain at 248th Street and 143rd Avenue.

He told the Chronicle in an email that members of the FDNY had been called in an effort to rescue the six-month-old feline, but were unable to locate her.

Di Leonardo said he, his wife Juliana and friend Michael Dennehy learned of the cat shorty after midnight on Sunday. Responding to the site they opened the drain and set up a trap cage, securing the kitty by 6 a.m.

“The drain was filling with water, and the cat was not only in danger of starving, but drowning,” Di Leonardo wrote. At four pounds she is small for her age.

They named her Splinter for the wiserat who lives in the city’s sewers with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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