Cat Stumps Rescuers By Getting Stuck In The Weirdest Place
After getting her head stuck in the bottom of a garbage bin, a tiny kitten in England was given a second shot at life this week thanks to a team of rescuers who refused to give up when the going got strange.
On Tuesday, Steve Morrall, an investigator with Royal Society For The Protection of Animals (RSPCA), responded to reports of a trapped cat and came across a surprising scene: A 5-month-old stray kitten with the body of a trash can.
"When I arrived, I saw the head of the kitten poking out from this bin," said Morrall. "It was so unusual and I have never seen anything like it before."
Morrall says he thinks the kitten was looking for food in the trash and "panicked when the bin was being emptied," getting her head stuck in a small drainage hole.
Recognizing he couldn't free the kitten alone, Morrall called firefighters for assistance. Together, they were able to push the tiny cat's head back inside the trash can using some quick thinking, a funnel and a generous helping of lubricant.
"It was a very delicate operation and we knew we had to be extra careful as it could have gone seriously wrong," said Morrall. "We do not know how long the kitten was there for and she was understandably distressed."
Amazingly, the young cat escaped her close call with the dustbin without any injuries. Soon, the lucky kitten will be up for adoption, but for now she has a new lease on life and an appropriate new name: Dusty.
"You would never know the ordeal she went through last night," veterinary nurse Louise Simcox told the Express & Star. "She's happy as anything. She's fairly chatty, she just wants her breakfast."
To learn how you can help save animals like Dusty, visit the RSPCA's website here, or watch the Express & Star's full report below: