TOKYO (majirox news) — A black kitten threw Tokyo commuter train services into disarray Aug. 1 as a conductor rescued it from beneath a Keihin Tohoku Line train, East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) officials said.
The black kitten was safely handed over unharmed to the care of Tokyo Metropolitan Government animal welfare officials.
Rescuing the stowaway commuter delayed services to 15 trains, affecting an estimated 23,000 people, JR East said.
JR East said the conductor heard a cat meowing as the train traveled between Tsurumi and Kawasaki stations. When the train stopped at Kamata Station, the conductor looked beneath the train’s carriage and found the kitten.