Trapped puss Tiggers freed from container
AMUCH- LOVED moggy used up a couple of his nine lives when he was rescued from a shipping container by firefighters after ‘waving for help’.
Tiggers’ worried family were scouring their neighbourhood in Harpurhey looking for him when they spotted his tiny paw poking out of a locked shipping container on Kilnside Drive.
They called the RSPCA for help and inspector Nicola Waterworth rushed to the scene with a team of firefighters from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.
She said: “The shipping container in the car park had been left open while builders were working on a housing estate and they locked it back up when they left on the Friday.
“They didn’t realise poor Tiggers was locked inside.
“Thankfully his family spotted his little paw poking out – it was like he was waving for help.
“We were unable to get hold of the subcontractors responsible for the shipping container so we had to call the fire brigade to break in.”
The nine-month-old ginger and white puss had been missing for two days,and had been inside the container for at least a day, but he was not injured – just very hungry.
Nicola added: “If we hadn’t broken into the container we would have had to wait until Monday morning and that could have had tragic consequences.
“The family were so excited to have their cat back. As an RSPCA inspector some of the cases we see can be very upsetting so it’s nice to be able to reunite a cat with its owner.
“It really was a happy ending.”
David Baxter, station manager at the fire service, added: “When we arrived we could see Tiggers’ paw as he tried to escape through a small gap in the container.
“Firefighters used a special tool to get into the container without distressing the cat too much. We reunited him with his relieved owners as a crowd watched on.”
Firefighters rescuing Tiggers from a shipping container in Harpurhey