NEW YORK CITY Molly the cat is finally free.
After two weeks stuck behind a brick wall in a 19th century building, the bashful 11-month-old feline was rescued from her plight Friday night by a volunteer who found her wedged in a crawl space between bricks and a piece of sheet metal.
At the end of the ordeal, the black cat emerged from the building lying in a metal cage - calm and docile as cameras flashed and onlookers cooed.
"I think you'll all agree that she is in great shape," said Peter Myers, who owns the delicatessen in the building and kept Molly in his store to catch mice.
Rescuers drilled a hole in the wall from inside the store, cutting through three layers of brick to get to Molly, said Mike Pastore, field director for Animal Care & Control, a private organization with a city contract to handle lost, injured and unwanted animals.
She was finally retrieved by a tunnel worker who was working on a project nearby and has been volunteering for the rescue effort.