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Kittens Born in the Den of the Wall Street Lion

By Jim Scott | September 23, 2009 9:53am | Updated on September 23, 2009 9:52am
Rich Brotman of City Critters teamed up with construction worker Silkey Willaims to rescue a litter of kittens at the new Goldman Sachs building.
Rich Brotman of City Critters teamed up with construction worker Silkey Willaims to rescue a litter of kittens at the new Goldman Sachs building.
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By Josh Williams

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

A new litter of kittens born amidst hectic construction in the gallows of the new Goldman Sachs building are healthy and awaiting adoption, thanks to the combined efforts of construction workers and animal rescue advocates in Battery Park.

“Animals in a construction site don’t really survive so they were very, very, lucky to survive,” said Silkey Williams, a construction worker who directs traffic for pedestrian safety.

Williams was approached by a Sachs employee who was worried about the safety of a stray cat he was feeding at the construction site several weeks ago.

The group of construction workers soon discovered that the cat was expecting.

“We didn’t know she was pregnant and then one day we saw them running around and were like ‘Oh my God she had kittens,’” said Williams.

Williams alerted the Parks Department about the kittens and they called in animal rescue advocate Rich Brotman. Brotman used sardines as bait to trap the kittens in boxes at the construction site.

“There is still one (kitten) out there I just hope we can catch it before it gets hurt,” said Brotman, who works for the non-profit group City Critters.

Brotman has teamed up with wife Patty to rescue, rehabilitate and find homes for over 400 kittens in lower Manhattan.

Anyone interested in adopting the kittens rescued from the Goldman Sachs construction site should contact Brotman at rbrotpaw@aol.com for more information.