The two kittens that evaded capture by MTA employees for hours Thursday, snarling the Brooklyn subway commute along the B and Q lines, were finally herded into milk crates around 6:30 p.m.
The MTA halted service in and out of the Church Ave. station for an hour as workers tried to collar the frolicking felines. After catching them briefly during the afternoon, they quickly escaped and ran back down to the tracks, according to reports.
According to MTA spokeswoman Julie Glave, around 6:30 p.m. they were discovered sleeping together underneath the third rail and were rescued by MTA workers and police officers. “One of the officers then had an insulated glove. He just scooped them out, despite all escape tactics,” witness Letitia Delacorte Spangler told Gothamist.
While power to the station was cut during the first attempt to extract the kitties, it was restored after an hour while the cats continued to play — within inches of the 625-volt rail.
They were reportedly named August and Arthur by their rescuers and taken to Animal Care and Control in East New York. If they aren’t claimed by an owner, the four-week-old kittens will be put up for adoption.