A young kitten born in a garden shed in Birmingham, UK got tightly wedged into a wheel and was freed after much effort by an officer from the RSPCA.
The homeowner whose shed served as a makeshift home for the young feral kitten heard cries and discovered her with her little head stuck through an opening in a car wheel, complete with tire, that was being stored in the shed.
RSPCA inspector Herchran Boal answered the assistance call and told of the rescue of the kitten now being called Alloy:
“I tried to free Alloy at the scene using margarine but it was impossible so I knew I was going to need help. I took her to Birmingham Animal Hospital where after about one hour we finally managed to get her free using KY jelly.
I did at one point think I was going to have to take the tyre to the fire service so Alloy could be cut free so it was such a relief when she was successfully freed.
Despite being really frightened she was hissing and spitting at me because she is a feral kitten and hadn’t been handled before.
The fantastic news is she is doing well and after lots of handling and tender loving care she will be moved over to our animal centre next door for rehoming which means she is going to have a really different life from the one she would have had.
Kittens are naturally curious animals and they will explore as Alloy did.”
Inspector Boal reminds homeowners to be aware of the possibility that cats might get into their yards and outbuildings, and the hazards that might go along with that:
“If you have a feral cat in your garden that has kittens I would ask people to please check for hazards and remove potentially dangerous substances and hazards. Kittens are naturally curious animals and they will explore as Alloy did.”