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