Cat seen clinging to roof of van speeding down a highway

It was a shocking sight for an Omaha family who spotted a cat on another vehicle's roof while driving down a Nebraska highway Friday. 

The cat was clinging for dear life to the roof of a van that reached speeds of about 60 mph.

At first, the Rankin family said they believed the animal was a raccoon. 

They pulled out their cellphones and began recording the frightened feline as it appeared to meow in terror. 

The family says they did the best they could to get the attention of the drivers. Eventually, the van began slowing down. 

The incident was posted on social media, where it has gone viral. Local officials and the Nebraska Humane Society have asked the public for help in trying to identify the people in the van. They are currently attempting to gather information as to how the cat may have ended up on the roof of the car. 

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Firemen remove chicken and transport boxes from the A1 highway in Asten near Linz, upper Austria, where a poultry truck caused traffic chaos after losing its freight on July 4, 2017. The transporter was loaded with 7,000 chicken. / AFP PHOTO / APA / FOTOKERSCHI.AT/KERSCHBAUMMAYR / Austria OUT (Photo credit should read FOTOKERSCHI.AT/KERSCHBAUMMAYR/AFP/Getty Images)
This video grab taken from Polish private TVN channel shows hot chocolate poured out over the A2 highway between Wrzesnia and Slupca near Poznan, western Poland, after a the truck transporting the sweet freight crashed through a traffic barrier on May 9, 2018. - After flipping over, the tanker came to rest across lanes, blocking traffic in both directions, police said. The driver was hospitalised with a broken arm. Passing vehicles left chocolate tire marks across several kilometres before authorities closed down the highway. (Photo by STR / TVN / AFP) (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Firemen remove chicken and transport boxes from the A1 highway in Asten near Linz, upper Austria, where a poultry truck caused traffic chaos after losing its freight on July 4, 2017. The transporter was loaded with 7,000 chicken. / AFP PHOTO / APA / FOTOKERSCHI.AT/KERSCHBAUMMAYR / Austria OUT (Photo credit should read FOTOKERSCHI.AT/KERSCHBAUMMAYR/AFP/Getty Images)
Slime eels, otherwise known as Pacific hagfish, cover Highway 101 after a flatbed truck carrying them in tanks overturned near Depoe Bay, Oregon, U.S. July 13, 2017. Oregon State Police/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGES WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Slime eels, otherwise known as Pacific hagfish, cover Highway 101 after a flatbed truck carrying them in tanks overturned near Depoe Bay, Oregon, U.S. July 13, 2017. Oregon State Police/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGES WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. THIS PICTURE WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS TO ENHANCE QUALITY. AN UNPROCESSED VERSION HAS BEEN PROVIDED SEPARATELY.
Slick roads and wet weather lingered Tuesday, which probably contributed to a truckload of lemons spilling Tuesday morning, causing a colorful mess along Rose Avenue near the 118 freeway. The driver of the truck said his load shifted, sliding off the truck in rainy conditions Tuesday morning. (Photo by Spencer Weiner/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
BEER13- Teens loot beer from a crash where a Navaho Express semi tractor-trailer carrying a load of Keystone Light overturned on the on-ramp from Colorado 58 to eastbound I-70 in Wheat Ridge. Both beer and fuel spilled on the roadway. The ramp was closed for several hours while the fuel is cleaned up and the remaining beer is transferred to another truck. The driver of the truck was not seriously injured but was transported to a local hospital. RJ Sangosti/ The Denver Post (Photo By RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
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