Tink’s feline better after rescue by firefighters
FIREFIGHTERS were called into action after a woman attempted to help a cat after it was injured and attacked by a fox.
The woman spotted the injured cat while leaving West Middlesex University Hospital after a long shift after hearing it crying out in pain. On closer inspection she found the cat had a branch wedged in its leg and was being attacked by a fox.
Anabela De Barros, who found the cat, heard the feline’s distressed calls on April 7 at around 9pm, just outside the Isleworth hospital. She stayed with the cat and waited for the London Fire Brigade, who she called for help.
Once saved from the fox by Anabela, the cat was rescued by firemen who took it in their fire engine to a 24-hour cat hospital where it could receive treatment.
She praised the work of the London Fire Brigade as they “saved the life” of the cat.
At the time, the owner of the cat wasn’t known but after it was treated by vets they discovered the pet was microchipped and the owner was then notified.
Tink the black cat and its owners thanked Anabela “eternally” for her life-saving efforts.
The good Samaritan took to a community group after the animal was taken to “pet hospital” and said: “I was leaving West Middlesex hospital after an extremely long shift and I heard a cat crying in pain and a fox trying to attack the cat.
“When I approached I noticed that the cat had a piece of wood from a tree branch through his leg and was stuck. I called the fire brigade who came immediately and they removed the cat and took her to Medivet in Richmond.
“Our local fire brigade are my heroes tonight. God bless them and I hope the cat survives.”
She added later: “I called the vets this morning and the cat is doing well, was chipped and they located and spoke to the owners.”
Anabela’s cat saving qualities were praised by locals after she announced the sad news on Facebook. She explained the story in the hope that someone might recognise the cat and it could be reunited with its owners. Luckily, Tink’s owners saw her Facebook post and were able to publicly thank Anabela for her selfless act of kindness.
Tink underwent extensive surgery and her owner, Fiona Knower, is hoping her leg will be saved.
She wrote on Facebook in response to an appeal to find the cat’s owner: “Thank you all for sharing and caring about our little cat Tink. She is safe at the vet’s and has had major surgery to try to save the leg.
“We’ll be eternally grateful to Anabela for taking the time to help save her, as well as to the fire brigade.
“We are so happy you have her back. I really do hope they can save her leg. How lovely of Anabela to do so much to get her safe.”