Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - One cat is lucky to be alive after being hit by a car and left on the side of the road for dead.
A Saint Louis County Sheriff's Deputy swooped in to save the feline.
This cat is resting a little easier in the care of a complete stranger after a close call.
"I think his appropriate name would be lucky."
Lucky is hanging on to his ninth life thanks to the compassion from 5-year veteran St. Louis County Sheriff Deputy Brandon Silgjord.
"This cat obviously has the proverbial nine lives because he was laying in the driving lane of the east bound traffic," said Silgjord.
Deputy Silgjord came across the feline on Highway 2 near Saginaw Monday night.
"I brought him to the side of the road, I laid him down petted him for a while and he kind of picked his head up a little bit, but then laid it back down and he looked like he was probably going to pass away."
After a few worrisome moments, Silgjord saw a small breath of life from little Lucky.
"When I picked him up I noticed he was still warm and I could tell he was still breathing, but completely not coherent at all," said Silgjord.
After nursing Lucky back to life, Silgjord brought him to Animal Allies in Duluth for an examination of his bumps and bruises.
The vet tech says she is surprised to see Lucky in such good shape.
"What's amazing is, if he was indeed hit by a car, it's just that he is seemingly free from injuries and seems to be pretty happy," said Jesse Shaddrick, Animal Allies Veterinarian Technician.
While the cat is counting his lucky stars, Silgjord says he hopes others will show the same compassion in a similar situation.
"I just hope people will have a little compassion and stop sometimes."
It's that compassion that gave Lucky a second chance.
Animal Allies is hoping Lucky's owner comes forward in the next five days. If they don't, the cat will be put up for adoption.