Four newborn kittens have had a lucky escape after falling down the gap in a cavity wall in a bungalow in Kirby Cross in Frinton-on-sea.

Firemen with rescued cats © RSPCAThe owners of the bungalow, Sue and Brian Davie, alerted the RSPCA after hearing the cries of the kittens. Their ginger mother was located in the loft and it was clear that she had given birth but her offspring were nowhere to be seen.

RSPCA Inspector Sarah Elmy said:

“We could hear the kittens in the kitchen wall so the owner kindly agreed to get out his jigsaw and lift a couple of boards inside one of the kitchen cupboards.

“We had a good look round but now the crying seemed to be coming from the external wall cavity so I contacted the fire brigade in Frinton and asked for their assistance.

“The firemen made a couple of holes in the exterior of the house to look inside the wall cavity but we could still not find them.

“We stopped drilling and bashing and listened carefully and managed to locate the cries of one of the kittens at the other end of the kitchen. Floorboards were lifted and we then got the first one out – I reckon it was only a week old, its eyes and ears were still closed and it was covered in brick dust and cobwebs but appeared strong and healthy.

“The sound of the other kittens had become distant now so the Urban Search and Rescue team for the fire service, who have very good listening gear, were called in.

“With their specialist equipment and knowledge they located the other kittens under the lounge floor and once the carpet had been pulled back and boards lifted we were able to get them out.

Fireman breaking down brick wall © RSPCA“As we lifted the first one out, one of the firemen said ‘can you put my name down for that one’ and two of the four have been adopted by members of the team.

“All four kittens were reunited with their mother and are currently in the care of the RSPCA.

“The willingness of Sue and Brian Davie to allow the Essex Fire Service free reign of their home and the dedication of the fire service in persisting in searching for these kittens is greatly appreciated.”

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