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The staff at Makro, a wholesale company in Liverpool, recently stumbled upon a furry surprise: they heard a delicate meowing sound coming from their cardboard compressor. A mother cat and her kitten were found to have been trapped deep within the recycling container for several days without food or water. The discovery was truly shocking – they were lucky to be alive.
Quick-thinking employees immediately contacted the RSPCA for assistance. RSPCA inspector Vicki Brooks arrived on the scene, spotting a tiny hole at one end of the container, revealing a peek of the mother cat’s face. The soft cry of the kitten echoed behind her. The mom had sought out the container to give birth but became entrapped as more cardboard was added.
In a daring rescue operation, Makro staff dismantled the machine, then together with Brooks, spent hours rummaging through the cardboard to locate the trapped pair. The rescue mission stretched into the night and was resumed the next morning. During this time, they provided the mother cat with food through the tiny hole.
After an emotionally exhausting ordeal, the rescuers found that the mother cat had utilized the progress they had made to free herself. Unfortunately, her baby, later named Biff, remained stuck inside. The team redoubled their efforts and were eventually able to carefully extract Biff and bring him to safety. Unfortunately, the mother cat was nowhere to be found, but the RSPCA team hasn’t given up the search.
In the interim, Biff has found new friends in two other orphaned kittens, Chip and Kipper, and is receiving all the love and care he needs. His miraculous survival story is a testament to the dedication of the rescuers and their never-give-up attitude.
Vicki Brooks termed it the “most extraordinary rescue” in her 21-year tenure with the RSPCA. Given the odds, it’s a miracle the cats survived. The container was tightly packed with cardboard, incredibly hot, and with limited air. Amidst these harsh conditions, the mother cat had done her best to feed and care for her newborn kitten.
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