A family in West Midlands county, England reported that their one-year-old cat Gizmo had gone missing … but under the most unique of circumstances. Turns out, Gizmo had been trapped in the walls of the family home for 24 hours — apparently, the curious and sneaky little cat had found a passage while the home underwent construction, and did what cats do best – he hid. The family called the RSPCA, who contacted the county firefighters. From there, it was all a matter of tracking the trapped cat down as he prowled the walls of the house, crying for help.
After 2 1/2 hours of searching, firefighters removed a light fitting from a wall in the house and Gizmo poked his nose out. From there, the crew worked to make the hole big enough for Gizmo. After 24 hours of being trapped within the walls, Gizmo had no qualms about using this firefighter’s arm as a rescue ladder. Free at last! After such an amazing rescue, the whole crew couldn’t help but get in on a photo-op with Gizmo the wall-cat.
Gizmo definitely got the royal treatment here — it took an entire crew, equipped with a special camera capable of being inserted into small crawlspaces to track him down and free him. Although we hope that Gizmo’s grand adventure getting lost in the walls of his own home doesn’t happen often, the fire crew commander has this little nugget of advice: “If anyone does lose an animal like this they must call the RSPCA first. The animal must be missing for 24 hours before any service comes out.”
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All image source: Birmingham Mail