Firefighters cut open metal pipe to free kitten trapped inside

Firefighters in Jakarta had their work cut out for them, thanks to one lost kitten.

Authorities say a baby cat in Jalan Pinang fell down a water pipe and became trapped inside of it. A team of rescuers had to cut through the wall surrounding the duct and then through the pipe itself. Fortunately, the rescue mission was a success.

Footage shows two firefighters creating the hole in the wall. One uses a saw to penetrate the materials, while another pours water into the opening to keep the cat away from the dangerous blade. After he saws a little more, the worker is able to put his hand through the hall. The other firefighter makes cat noises to coax the kitten out while he reaches for the animal. Eventually, he secures the creature and pulls it out. The white kitten is small enough to fit in the palm of his hand.

Luckily, the cat has a happy ending in more ways than one. Not only did it survive but it was adopted by the homeowner from where it got stuck, according to Newsflare.

It is not uncommon for kittens to get trapped in strange places. When the felines are young it is typical of them to explore their environments. These curious cats fall or crawl into small holes, usually drain pipes like this one, and get stuck. If you ever hear kitten cries coming from a wall or nearby hole, it is important to act swiftly since they can suffer from dehydration and starvation. If you’re unable to lure the critter away from danger, calling local animal control is always an option to ensure the cat’s safety.

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