Tiny kit­ten’s lucky day

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Ali­cia Per­era

A new­born kit­ten trapped in a wall cav­ity in a Roe­bourne house was saved by the com­bined ef­forts of sev­eral com­mu­nity groups last week.

A fam­ily newly moved into the prop­erty called City of Kar­ratha ranger Mick­ael De­quen on Sun­day morn­ing last week and after in­ves­ti­gat­ing, he dis­cov­ered a tiny, weeks-old kit­ten, not be­long­ing to the res­i­dents, was stuck in a gap be­tween two walls.

Mr De­quen called in four mem­bers of the Roe­bourne Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice to help, and to­gether they freed the cap­tive cat by re­mov­ing a tim­ber stud and ce­ment sheet­ing un­der the front win­dow, reach­ing around be­tween the two walls, and slowly pulling the kit­ten out, avoid­ing a set of elec­tri­cal ca­bles ly­ing nearby.

RFRS vol­un­teer Amy Kelly said it ap­peared a mother cat had given birth to a lit­ter in the roof space after en­ter­ing through an un­cov­ered ex­haust fan, and the kit­ten had fallen into the gap.

Ms Kelly said an­i­mal res­cues were rare for the fire­fight­ing ser­vice. “It’s not of­ten we get an­i­mal res­cues,” she said.

“This is my sec­ond, and I’ve been an ac­tive mem­ber for 10 years,” she said.

The kit­ten was taken to Kar­ratha Vet Hos­pi­tal for treat­ment, where vet­eri­nar­ian Dr Tim Mont­gomery said it was starv­ing after hav­ing not eaten for a cou­ple of days, but was oth­er­wise in sur­pris­ingly good con­di­tion and “fight­ing hard”.

The next point of call was Sav­ing An­i­mals From Euthana­sia, where founder Sue Hed­ley called long-term carer Rhonda Smith, who was al­ready look­ing after an aban­doned mother cat and her three kit­tens, to fos­ter it.

She said she was glad when the group im­me­di­ately ac­cepted the new fam­ily mem­ber, nick­named Izzy.

“I took it straight in and the mother heard the kit­ten cry and that was it, the mother had no qualms,” she said.

“It was lovely to think that straight away they’d ac­cepted the lit­tle kit­ten as a sib­ling, and they’re all groom­ing it and look­ing after it.”

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

SAFE founder Sue Hed­ley with the res­cued kit­ten’s fos­ter brother Isaac, and carer Rhonda Smith with lit­tle Izzy.

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