All aboard! Some lucky commuters on a train in France had an adorable fellow passenger — a lost kitten! On Wednesday, January 10, passengers in Voivres-Lès-Le-Mans, France, saw a sand-colored kitten down by the train tracks. They tried to get her to run (because it's so dangerous by the tracks) but the kitten wouldn't move. Luckily, one man stepped in to save the day.
Guillaume Chueca, an employee of the railway company Société Dationale des Chemins de Fer (SNCF), noticed the kitten, who he later found out is named Noisette, and tried to put her outside the station. The little girl wasn't having that, either. "The kitten wanted [to] absolutely follow me, Chueca said. "[So,] I decided to take her inside the train for her safety."
Passager monté à Voivres ce matin. 😺— Guigui (@guiguitrotter) January 10, 2018
Ce chaton, qui a déjà fait dont stage en cabine de conduite @TERPays2LaLoire sera heureux de retrouver sa famille.
La gare du Mans s'occupe de lui et va le remettre à un service vétérinaire en attendant. Merci de faire tourner 😉 pic.twitter.com/z9r3erLZwN
Once inside the train, Chueca called the operational center for SNCF to inform them that he had some precious cargo onboard. When Noisette — which means hazelnut — was safely in her seat, Chueca snapped a few photos of the her. "She sat quietly on a seat, she was looking at me, meowing a little, but really scared," Chueca told French radio station France Bleu.
When the train arrived at the Le Mans station, Chueca took Noisette off the train where they were met by other SNCF employees. They greeted the nervous kitten with a croissant. (This is France, after all!) The agent who fed her the croissant called her "a real princess," according to France Bleu.
After dropping Noisette off at the station, Chueca decided to tweet the photos he took of the kitty in hopes of finding her owners. The power of the internet and the kindness of strangers took over. Amazingly, someone who saw the tweet remembered seeing a Facebook post a few days before about a missing cat. It turns out, the post was about Noisette! "I was able to find the owner... call her, and put her in touch with the people at the station," Chueca told France Bleu." And she came to pick up her cat during the day."
We're so happy little Noisette found her way home! Thanks to the kindness of Chueca and random people on the internet, this kitten can have all the croissants she wants.