Scientists save kitten from Black Mingo Creek

Photo: Ashley Deming

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WCIV) -- Sharp-eyed volunteers with an underwater archaeology project on the Black River saw what looked like a "little ball of fur" clinging to the 41 bridge piling over Black Mingo Creek.That little ball of fur was an 8-week-old kitten.A rescue was launched and the kitten was pulled out of the water after she fell off the bridge and scrambled to a nearby piling.Ashley Deming, a maritime archeologist on the project, scooped the little furball up before she could jump onto another piling too far away from the boat."We have no idea how she could even get out there on her own," said Deming. "She was soaking wet and terrified, but she was soon purring while I kept her warm and gave her a cuddle."The team named the kitten Mingo since they rescued her from the Black Mingo Creek. Deming says Mingo loves to cuddle and have her belly rubbed. She was taken to PetHelpers to be spayed and made available for adoption.