When two young men in Alabama took their boat out on the Warrior River near Bluff Creek Saturday morning, they expected to catch a lot of things, but a pair of kittens was not one of them.
Jason Frost and Brandon Key initially heard a splash somewhere near shore and saw something swimming towards them. Instead of a beaver, muskrat or, worst case, a water snake, it was a little orange kitten. Both men were flabbergasted as the kitten made a beeline from the shore to their boat. As it got closer, Frost scooped the kitten up and brought it onboard. The kitten shook off the water, meowed and began to rub against Frost's legs.
“Never in my life have I seen anything like that,” Frost says in his video commentary, where he talks to the viewer as the incident unfolds.
While Frost was talking to the camera, it was Key that spotted the second kitten on shore as it too entered the water and began to swim for the boat. The second kitten was scooped up and brought onboard as well.
The orange tabbies are thought to only be a few months old and look identical to each other. Both were extremely friendly and wary of neither the water nor the boat at all.
On their way back to their boat launch, the pair of anglers mentioned every passing boater giving them the strangest looks. And who can blame them? A pair of kittens usually would make for very poor fishing partners.
On shore while telling their odd story, the fishermen found a family with two girls that both wanted kittens, so both kittens were rehomed quickly. With no homes nearby this stretch of the Warrior River, Frost thinks it is likely that they had been dropped by the river instead of being surrendered through the proper channels.
Regardless, this tale will surely be a fishing story to be told on every boat and in every bar for this pair of anglers.