Caturday felid: drainpipe rescue!

October 22, 2011 • 4:48 am

From in Indianapolis, Indiana, comes a story to give your weekend a jumpstart:

INDIANAPOLIS – A rescue was underway Wednesday for kittens trapped underground. Those kittens were stuck for more than 48 hours in a drainpipe near Park Tudor School. One of the kittens was successfully rescued.

Librarian Susanne Russell turned cat whisperer as she tried to coax three kittens from a storm drain.

“It’s sad when you can hear them meowing,” said student Ellee Moyer.

It started Monday when staff members noticed the resident feral cat they’d been trying to catch had kittens.

“All of the sudden I looked up on Monday and I saw this little ball of fur – kitten – and I thought the mommy kitty was dead. And I stepped right there and three babies just jumped right into the pipe,” said Barb Skelton, Park Tudor.

They tried several methods to get the kittens out, including putting strips of carpet down the pipe.

With time running out, a plumbing company arrived to run a sewer camera down the drainage pipe. Initially they didn’t see anything.

Then one of the kittens came into view walking down the pipe right up to the camera.

They dug a three-foot hole near the camera hoping to cut the pipe and pull out at least one of the kittens.

The kitten was, of course, named “Stormy.”

Sad bout about the other two, but kudos to the plumber. A longer video—a news report filed before the kitten was rescued—is here.

4 thoughts on “Caturday felid: drainpipe rescue!

  1. Oh, both sweet and bittersweet! My sound isn’t working…do the vids say anything about what they did with the kitten? Did they return it to “Mom?”

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