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

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