NEW YORK -- After 14 days trapped in the innards of a Greenwich Village building, Molly the cat finally emerged wearing a look on her face that said, ''What's all the fuss about?"
As a crowd of reporters and onlookers jostled for a glance, the 11-month-old black cat appeared docile and unscathed despite her ordeal, which came to a happy end Friday after a volunteer pulled her to safety from a crawl space.
''I think you'll all agree that she is in great shape," said a proud Peter Myers, a delicatessen owner in the building who kept Molly in his store to catch mice.
Molly's distressed meows, audible from the sidewalk, became news, and rescuers worked hard for her safe retrieval.
The activity began after the cat wandered into a narrow space between walls and got lost in a network of beams and pipes.
Those involved in the rescue effort drilled and hammered out bricks in the cellar of the 157-year-old building, trying everything from special cameras to traps to locate her and get her out.
Rescuers finally drilled a hole in the wall from inside the store to get to the cat.