A six week old kitten named Piper was brought to safety by animal rescue and fire crews Thursday afternoon after a family getting cash from an ATM heard his cries.
The family was across from a Food Lion supermarket in Madison, Virginia when they heard the kitten meowing from a narrow underground pipe and called for help.
Madison County fire crews and animal shelter staff came out to make the rescue, and Piper is now in the care of the Madison County Animal Shelter.
“He meowed constantly from the time I got there. He did quiet down a little bit but when you started talking to him he started meowing again, so we knew that he was still with us and that he just wanted to get out as much as we wanted him to get out,” said animal control officer Annette Dodson.
Pipe will be kept under observation at the shelter for a while; then he will be put up for adoption. The shelter has already had people express interest in the tiny rescued kitten,who weighed 1 pound, 2 ounces when an NBC29 news crew visited the shelter for a story.