You’ve seen a lot of rescues, but this one’s a doozy. A sewer camera video shows a kitten trapped deep below ground in a drainpipe and its rescue by a plumber using sticky tape and string to snag it by its tail and pull it to the surface.
This all took place after dark, with the hero plumber, Jeremy Whited of Dun’ Right Plumbing, making a 2 am run to the local Walmart afterward to buy shampoo and formula for the kitten, who was seriously slimed.
It’s all shown on these reports by the Associated Press and another on AOL.com news. You can see the kitten in the pipe, but it just looks like a wet fur ball that’s breathing.
Then you can see it being pulled up and out of the drainpipe by its tail.
And emerging looking really messed up. (Who wouldn’t be after two days in a drainpipe?)
It all started with a plea for help on Facebook and a gung-ho three-man rescue team who leapt into action. “There was a [Facebook] post to The Man Cave Shop and Swap about a cat that was down a well,” computer consultant Chris Malcolm told AOL News. “It was posted 6 hours earlier, so I scroll down to the bottom and figure I’d find out how it turned out and I found out they were still trying to get it out.” It was after dark Sunday night, but he decided to do something. So did Whited and tow truck driver David Williams, who also saw the post.
The three men got out the sewer camera, plus some sticky tape and string used to install wiring in walls. They put the tape on the string, lowered it into the pipe and snagged the kitten’s tail, then pulled it out. It was all recorded by the sewer camera. “I went to Walmart last night at 2 in the morning, bought formula and some shampoo, came home and gave it a bath and something to eat and it’s doing awesome now,” he said.
“This is the first cat that I have ever taken out,” said Whited. The poor little fur ball had been stuck down the drain for two days. Now that the kitten has been cleaned-up, she’s looking very cute and Whited is keeping her to be a companion to his little girl. A big thanks to social media user who heard the kitten crying and made the plea for help.