'Thomas Jefferson The Cat' Survives Election Day

Posted at 7:37 PM, Nov 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-09 20:51:04-05

It was a tweet about a cat rescue that provided a short moment of happiness and cuteness during a nail biting end to a long political battle. 

On Election Day, the Nashville Fire Department tweeted photos of a cat its firefighters rescued from a drain pipe in East Nashville. Many shared and liked as a break from the contentious presidential race. 

It turned out the cat's name is Thomas Jefferson and owned by Watkins College of Art, Design & Film President J. Kline. 

"I just wanted to give myself a refresher of patriotism and name him Thomas Jefferson," Kline told NewsChannel 5. "Jefferson was an original American creative and I work at a creative place, so it was kind of a no brainer."

Kline took in Jefferson about a month ago and would normally hang out with his furry pet on the rooftop. On Tuesday, Kline got ready for working assuming Jefferson was already inside. 

"I figured he found a new hiding place," Kline added.

Jefferson jumped roofs and into a drain pipe before sliding down approximately 30 feet to the bottom. The elbow section of the pipe was crunched and trapped Jefferson for about six hours.

Andrew Werner, a subcontractor working for the property, heard a meow but couldn't figure out where. His coworker kept listening and found Jefferson in the pipe crying for help. 

"You see the two little glowing eyes in the pipe," Werner said. "You can see how it was crushed around him and he was in there sideways."

Werner called the fire department who then called Kline. Firefighters dug the ground using Werner's tools and pulled out a clearly wet and distressed cat. 

"He definitley wanted to go get dry, and he wanted to clean himself and go inside in the worst way," Kline said.

Jefferson is doing a lot better and keeping to himself for the most part. He's more in the cuddling mood since the incident. 

Jefferson did not need any treatments.