“She ran right to her mom all excited!”
Rescuers from Catsnip, Etc. in Elkhart, Indiana, responded quickly to a report about a mother cat who had given birth in a storm drain.
But as spectators were saving the cat family, one lonely kitten had another idea in mind: she wanted to embark on an unforgettable trip.
A stray cat that had been hanging out and had kittens was discovered by workers at a nearby workplace, according to Missy McNeal, a foster for Catsnip Etc. “By the time we arrived, the staff had already captured the other kittens.”
One kitten, however, became frightened and leaped into a spout that descended 3 feet in a straight line. Rescuers heard her cries but were unable to see her.
Before we were summoned, the cat had been down the pipe and wailing for about 24 hours, according to McNeal. We realised that those 4-week-old infants still required their mother.
In order to locate the kitten, McNeal devised a strategy to gently pass a camera via a conduit embedded in the cement. The devoted team looked for eight hours without finding anything.
None of us wanted to leave the kitten alone overnight, but there was nothing we could do because it was completely dark. We hoped that some of the food we threw down the passageways would reach her.
The crew flushed the pipes to bring the kitten out into the open when they arrived back in the morning, as advised by the sewer company.
It was all we could do with her trapped in a network of subterranean pipes, said McNeal. “None of the pipes were big enough for somebody to crawl through and we needed a miracle.
Thankfully, the miracle occurred. The crew discovered a manhole 75 feet from where the kitten went, alongside the road but concealed by vegetation.
As soon as we heard her cries, we could see the water streaming, according to McNeal. And if we could locate someone little, they could follow her inside. Therefore, we made a [public] appeal.
The rescue narrative may be seen here:
Volunteer Ashley arrived on the scene to assist.
She entered the drainpipe and moved cautiously forward, according to McNeal. She inserted herself so far into the pipe that she vanished into the shadows and was no longer visible to us.
Ashley eventually located the kitty, who had now been in the pipe for for 30 minutes. But now, clutching the terrified kitten, she had to climb backwards out of the sewer.
It took an additional 40 minutes, according to McNeal. “We grabbed her feet and dragged her the rest of the way out as soon as we could reach her. The kitten was dehydrated, coated in muck, and extremely chilly.
They took the kitten, now known as Piper, to her mother and siblings after warming her up and administering fluids and food with a syringe.
McNeal remarked, “She rushed straight to her mom.”
Mom, the baby, and their foster home are now safe from drain pipes and receiving excellent care while waiting to find their permanent homes.
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