A routine training exercise for Templeton firefighters took an adorable turn this week.
Templeton Fire officials say firefighters were training five new recruits Tuesday on how to use the “Jaws of Life” in the event of a car wreck.
Firefighters had reportedly taken one door off of a damaged car when they noticed what looked like stuffed animals under the passenger seat.
When the firefighters looked more closely, they realized two kittens were alive under the seat. There were no signs of a mother cat.
Fire officials say the mock car rescue operation then transitioned into rescue mode, dubbed “Operation Kitten.”
Firefighter Jonathan Torres is being credited for wrapping the kittens in some spare clothing and taking them to nearby Las Tablas Animal Hospital to be examined by a veterinarian.
The kittens, a boy and girl, were deemed to be in good health and have since been placed with a local kitten foster parent.
Veterinarian Dr. Brittany Donecho of Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART) in Cambria says the kittens are about two-weeks-old.
The kittens have been named Tofu and Stir-fry. They will be available for adoption at HART in a couple of months.