HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Henrico Police called it "puuurfect timing for a traffic stop."
Henrico Police posted video to social media that showed an officer go out of his way to rescue a kitten on Interstate 64 near Parham Road on Sunday.
"During a recent traffic stop, Henrico Police Officer McGuire noticed a frightened kitten running through the center grassy median of I-64," a Henrico Police spokesperson posted to social media. "Without hesitation, McGuire walked towards the kitten – careful not to scare it into traffic."
The officer's body camera showed McGuire leave the car he stopped for a traffic violation and follow the kitten into the media.
With gloves on his hands, Officer McGuire reached into a pile of straw and pulled out the kitten.
"He then let the violator go with a warning and focused on the kitten’s safety," the Henrico Police spokesperson said.
"You know what ma'am," Officer McGuire is heard saying on the video. "Here's your license back. You're good to go, OK. Just make sure you slowdown."
The video then showed Officer McGuire grab a towel from his cruiser, wrap the kitten in it.
"It's OK. It's OK," he said to the animal as he buckled it in for a ride to the animal shelter.
"He did what he did because he thought the kitten was going to get hit by a car," the Henrico Police spokesperson said. "More often than not, officers put themselves at risk to save others."