A kitten stuck on a high rise ledge in Singapore was pulled to safety by an SPCA officer, who posted a video of the frightening rescue. The tabby kitten had slipped out through a gap in a closed window and fell on the ledge, according to Channel News Asia.
The rescue took place Tuesday on World Animal Day. The video shows the kitten on the ledge 12 stories up.
The officer uses a retractible loop on the end of a pole to attempt to snag the kitten. Some very tense moment ensue as the kitten steps backward to avoid the snare. But the officer manages to snag the kitten and winch it upward to safety.
While the SPCA officer did his difficult job, police officers waited below with an unfurled blanket. According to Channel News Asia, the kitten was spotted on the ledge by someone living in a unit on the opposite block. When the SPCA’s rescue officer arrived at the block at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, two officers from a nearby neighborhood police station were already on the scene.
The lucky kitten was reunited with its owners, a man and woman living in the apartment. The man said he came home in time to prevent his wife from going out on the ledge to rescue the kitten herself.
The SPCA advised the kitten’s owner to seal the windows and gate with mesh. “Cats and kittens are curious animals and they risk falling out of an open window by simple acts such as chasing a bird that was flying past.”
The SPCA thanked the caller and police in its Facebook post: “World Animal Day reminds us that we can make a difference with small acts of kindness such as reporting cases of animals in distress or creating a safe home for our pets.”