SINGAPORE: A rescue officer from SPCA Singapore helped avert cat-astrophe on Monday (Oct 4), pulling off a 12-storey-high rescue of a kitten perched on a ledge.
The animal welfare group posted video of the amazing rescue on Tuesday World Animal Day. The kitten was spotted on a ledge of a unit opposite its block. When SPCA’s rescue officer arrived at the block at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, two officers from a nearby neighbourhood police centre were already there.
While the SPCA officer headed into the flat, police officers remained on the ground floor, with a blanket unfurled.
After some hair-raising moments when the little kitty stepped backwards to avoid the snare, the rescue officer managed to snag it and winch it to safety. It was then reunited with its owner.
A man who identified himself as the owner of the cat on Channel NewsAsia's Facebook page said the windows were "closed" but the kitten slipped through a small gap and fell onto the ledge. He also came home in time and stopped his wife from taking a risk in trying to rescue the kitten herself.
SPCA Singapore used a snare to rescue a kitten found on the ledge of a 12th-floor unit. (Screengrab from a video by SPCA Singapore)
SPCA said the owner of the kitten has been advised to seal the windows and gate of the flat with mesh. “Cats and kittens are curious animals and they risk falling out of an open window by simple acts such as chasing a bird that was flying past,” it added.
It also thanked the caller and police in its Facebook post: "World Animal Day reminds us that we can make a difference with small acts of kindness such as reporting cases of animals in distress or creating a safe home for our pets."