A two-day-old kitten in Australia was dramatically rescued by eight fireman over the course of four hours after the pet was flushed down the toilet by his toddler owner.
Alannah Merleto, three, had a habit of flushing things down the loo so when her mother Ammie asked her where the kitten was she feared the worst.
‘Down the toilet,’ the little girl replied.
Their Sydney home was turned upside down as the family searched for the kitten.
It was then that they heard the tiny cries coming from the pipes under the house.
‘I didn’t know what else to do, so we rang the fire brigade,’ said Mrs Merleto.
No less than eight firemen turned up and, using a camera on an 80ft long chord, they were able to see the kitten on a small monitor.
It was stuck well and truly in a bend in the pipes, where there was just enough air for survival.
It was not going to be a simple operation, but the firemen assured little Alannah and her mother that they would do their best.
First, they dismantled the toilet then went under the house to smash through a concrete slab with jackhammers.
It was four hours before they were able to reach the part of the pipe where the small cat was trapped.
They cut their way through – and out came the kitten – a soggy
The Merletos decided to name the kitten Cain, after the fireman who led the rescue operation.