Tiffany Edge's drive into Tampa took an unexpected turn on Sunday morning.
"I saw something in the road and it looked like a pile of rubber from a tire, until I saw a head pop up," Edge said.
The pile of trash turned out to be tiny kittens.
"There was a dismantled cardboard box where it looked like it had been hit, and the animals were in a row in the road. So it looks like they were dumped off, they were thrown backwards," she said.
One kitten was still alive.
"She was in a ball, soaking wet," Edge said.
Tiffany's boyfriend was able to grab the female kitten from the right lane of the Veterans Expressway, as cars swerved and straddled her tiny body. The two took the two-pound kitten to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Vets confirmed that her blunt injuries were consistent with being thrown out the window at a high speed.
"It was all on one side of her body. Her right eye, her right hip, so that must have been where she landed," Edge said.
Despite the trauma, vets say with a little love, she'll be OK. Her name then came naturally: "Lucky."
"It's the first thing that really popped into our minds. Because she really is lucky, especially with all those cars going by her," Tiffany's boyfriend, CJ Boggs, said Sunday.
Tiffany says the kitten's traumatic past is now in the rear view mirror.
"It has a heart. It's living. So you take care of it," she said.
It looks like Lucky's won the lottery of love, finding the home she never had.
"She's in for a loving family," Edge smiled.
The couple did notify Florida Highway Patrol. They say they're going to look at cameras along the Veterans Expressway to find out who's responsible for dumping the cats.
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