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Castoff kittens get a new lease on life

Chester (left) and Chelsea, two kittens rescued after being thrown out the window of a van last week, are being treated at the Friends of Animals shelter in Cloquet and will be available for adoption in a couple of weeks. Wendy Johnson/wjohnson@pinejournal.

A pair of kittens is lucky to be alive today after being thrown out of the window of a white minivan last week along the Esko exit from Interstate 35.

According to Karen Brummer, director of the Friends of Animals shelter in Cloquet, a witness stated that after realizing what he had seen being tossed into the ditch might have been kittens, he looped around and got out to take a look. After his suspicions were realized, he picked the kittens up and delivered them to the shelter.

"The first thing we noticed was that they were covered in fleas," said Brummer.

The kittens also suffered from ear mites, and they are being treated for both infestations this week.

One of the kittens, a white medium-hair, is a female and the other, a gray tabby, is a male. Shelter workers have named them Chelsea and Chester. They reported that though the kittens are still somewhat traumatized due to their earlier experience, they are slowly beginning to trust those who are feeding and handling them and will likely be socialized, healthy and ready for adoption in a couple of weeks.

Anyone interested in adopting these, or any other kittens or cats, is invited to visit the shelter between the hours of noon and 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Since the shelter currently has an overpopulation of cats, all adult cats can be adopted at half the normal fee. Call 218-879-1655 for more information.