The Bangkok rush hour sees an estimated six million commuters take to the roads. Bad if you’re caught up in it but even worse for stray cats and dogs that wander across the busy highways and byways in search of food and water.
Local tech wizard Teera Potisat and his girlfriend Kessarapawn Inpang were homeward bound amid the melee of the late evening rush hour when they noticed a small cat trying to cross the three-lane road in front of them.
It was obvious to them both that the cat was in imminent danger of being run over. Thus, despite objections from other road users Potisat stopped his car in the middle of the carriageway and he and Inpang jumped out.
Several other drivers became aware of the couple’s intentions and also stopped to help. With their help Potisat managed to coax the cat from underneath one of the cars and bring it to safety.
Inpang carried the cat back to Potisat’s car. When the cat curled up on her lap and went to sleep she knew she wouldn’t be able to let it go.
‘This is the first time I have ever saved a kitten and adopted them,’ Inpang told The Dodo.
Stray cats and dogs are a big problem in Bangkok. A report by The Nation last year (2018) estimated the number of stray cats and dogs in the city to be in the region of 820,000.
According to the report, Livestock Development Department deputy director-general Somchuan Ratanamungklanon said the total will reach, ‘2 million by 2027 and 5 million in 20 years if nothing is done.’
In the UK you are advised not to get out of your car to help a stray animal especially when the traffic around you is fast-moving. If you are concerned about an animal’s welfare you should pull over to the side of the road and call the police.