Mothers always look out for the safety of their children, no matter what species. Sadly, sometimes they are victims of circumstance and are unable to protect their offspring. This story is about a stray cat that gave birth to four tiny kittens. She wanted to keep them safe in a narrow gap between two buildings, which was a safe place. Sadly, she died after being hit by a car nearby. The kittens were all alone, and stuck in the gap between the two buildings.
Without their mother, the kittens couldn’t make it out on their own, since there was a lot of debris that blocked their path. The orphaned kittens were hungry and scared, so all they could do was cry for help. Luckily, someone heard them and quickly called the RSPCA for help.
“The member of the public who called us about this heard the kittens crying through the night and thought the sound was a trapped bird,” Joe Tambini, an animal collection officer with the RSPCA, said in a press release.
Tambini went to the place where the cries were heard. He saw the little family of 4-week-old kittens in the crack and knew they needed help.
“Peering down the gap, you could just make out this bundle of fluff and the glint of two eyes,” Tambini said. “They were about 12 feet back inside the gap. I managed to get one of the kittens out. It was one of the braver ones who came close enough for me to reach.”
After grabbing one of the kittens, Tambini saw that the rest of the litter was too far back to reach on his own. He decided to contact the London Fire Services for help. The firemen were initially worried they would have to knock down a wall to reach the kittens. But with a little effort, they were able to reach the rest of the kittens using some rope and other tools.
After gathering all the kittens, they were taken to the RSPCA Putney Animal Hospital. They all had a bit of cat flu, but apart from that, they were all in good health. The kittens still need to be bottle-fed, but rescuers are confident they will recover quickly and be fit to be put up for adoption.
“The kittens are all in a good condition and very sweet,” Tambini said. “I was actually really taken with them and I’m hoping I might be able to rehome one of them myself!”
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