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Fire brigade sum­moned to res­cue toy cat

- Fires · Incidents · Disasters · London · Roehampton University · Roehampton

An an­i­mal be­hav­iour ex­pert brought in the fire brigade to res­cue a cat from a bin – only to find a toy with a “con­vinc­ing” miaow.

Dr Alan Mcel­lig­ott, an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Roe­hamp­ton in London, heard the noise com­ing from a clothes re­cy­cling bin, and called the emer­gency ser­vices. Po­lice then called the fire brigade who re­trieved the toy from the en­closed bin.

Dr Mcel­lig­ott posted photos of Satur­day’s op­er­a­tion on line, along with a link to the £73 Fur­real Friends. He wrote: “The ‘cat’ turned out to be a toy one, with very con­vinc­ing miaow.”

Yes­ter­day, he added: “The po­lice and fire­fight­ers started laugh­ing. I went red-faced, and apol­o­gised.”

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