Kitten which plunged 18ft down tiny gap is rescued by firefighters

Only eight lives left! Terrified kitten which plunged 18ft down tiny gap between two walls is rescued by firefighters

  • Weeks-old male cat fell from roof of Mail Coach pub in Rotherham, South Yorks  
  • Pub staff discovered animal after hearing meowing coming from the dark gap
  • RSPCA took two hours to rescue the ‘probably feral’ kitten, since named Turpin

An adorable kitten had a lucky escape after plunging 18ft down a tiny gap between two walls.

Staff at a local pub discovered the frightened feline after hearing meowing coming from the dark narrow gap at the side of the building.

The weeks-old male cat has been named Turpin after being rescued following its fall from the roof of the Mail Coach pub in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, on Monday.

In one of the pictures, the rear end of the terrified tomcat’s body can be seen at the bottom of the chasm under some rubbish as its two-hour rescue unfolded.

This weeks-old male kitten – since named Turpin – had a lucky escape after plunging 18ft down a tiny gap between two walls

Staff at the Mail Coach pub in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, discovered the frightened feline after hearing meowing coming from the dark gap at the side of the building. (Turpin is circled)

The rear end of the tomcat’s body can be seen here at the bottom of the chasm under some rubbish as its two-hour rescue unfolded on Monday

Firefighters from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue worked with the RSPCA to coax the kitten out using poles, a net, a swan hook, rope and a bucket.

A swan hook is so named because its main function is to enable the safe retrieval of swans and other birds which are trapped or injured.  

RSPCA Inspector Sandra Dransfield said: ‘It was clear that in order to rescue him, we would have to work from the flat roof above.

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‘And that proved very tricky due to the huge drop, the narrowness of the gap and the dangerously rough walls.

‘Because he was probably a feral cat, he was very nervous of humans.

Firefighters from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue worked with the RSPCA to coax the kitten out using poles, a net, a swan hook, rope and a bucket

RSPCA Inspector Sandra Dransfield said: ‘It was clear that in order to rescue him, we would have to work from the flat roof above…. that proved very tricky due to the huge drop, the narrowness of the gap and the dangerously rough walls’ (pictured)

‘To make matters worse, there was a lot of debris and rubbish at the bottom and the kitten kept disappearing from sight.

‘We used two catch-pole sets – one with a swan hook to try to keep him from going into the even narrower gap and one with a net on the end.

‘We weren’t having much success with the net but the swan-catcher – which has a crook at the end of it – finally did the trick.

‘The little kitten climbed onto it and we very carefully raised him back up the gap with him clinging on.’

Apart from dirt in his eyes and mouth, the kitten was left unharmed during the rescue.

Inspector Dransfield said: ‘When Turpin has made a full recovery, we are hoping he can join a group of four other kittens I had rescued earlier that day.

‘When they are old enough, we hope they will all find forever homes.’

When Turpin (above) has recovered, he will hopefully join a group of four other kittens rescued by the RSPCA earlier that day

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