A three month old kitten in Riverside, California was finally rescued last week after landing itself in a challenging situation for animal control officers on the scene. Through the use of some clever, and as some would describe "MacGyver-esque," thinking the team of rescuers were able to save the young black and white kitten.
As rescuers from the Riverside County Animal Services described, the kitten had fallen from a wooden beam on a dumpster enclosure outside of a trade school on University Avenue. A security guard on the nearby campus called them in after several passersby had heard repeated meowing near the area. This unlucky little fluff ball made a hole in one shot inside of a square, hollow metal pole that extended six feet from the ground. Upon further inspection, the pole was actually an additional four feet underground and the kitten had managed to slide all the way to the bottom of the cement and wood encased pole.
Normally, this wouldn't be too much of a challenge for animal services as they stick their loop poles down and try to catch the stuck animal. However, their longest loop pole only extended six feet, far too short for the ten foot metal tube.
Having little other choice, the animal control officers had to try strapping two together. They had to go out to buy some duct tape and the resulting mega loop stick was a little flimsy, but after a few hours of coaxing, they managed to get the domestic shorthair kitten out.
The cat appeared healthy and was relatively friendly considering it had just been trapped in and then dragged from a ten foot pipe. It has now been sent to the Western Riverside County Shelter waiting for his owner to claim him, but if no one comes it will be put up for adoption