Published July 10, 2004
Swimming kitten rescued from Gulf
St. Petersburg, Fla. — Stranger than a fish out of water: a kitten in the bay.
When Maggie Rogers spotted something bobbing in the water three miles into the Gulf of Mexico while on a scalloping trip, she assumed it was a turtle, or a piece of sea kelp.
But as the boat got closer, she discovered it was a tiny kitten. Nine inches long and screeching, the cat was paddling furiously.
"We scooped him up and he sat on the boat with me for eight hours," said Rogers, who is the finance director at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
"He was exhausted and stressed," Rogers said. "His heart rate was high."
The boaters did not know how the kitten arrived in Homosassa Bay. There were at least 40 boats in the area where he was found, they said.
On Tuesday, three days after he was found, a veterinarian said the 10-week-old, 1-pound kitten had worms, but was otherwise healthy.
He was adopted by Rogers' sister-in-law — and named Nemo.