We assisted the fire brigade on Wednesday morning  (5 November) when they rescued some newborn kittens. The kittens had got stuck down a drain in St John’s Avenue in Braintree, Essex.

Kittens rescued from drain with their mum © RSPCAThe three black and white kittens, and one tabby, were less than a day old. It’s thought the mum gave birth to the kittens and they almost straight away fell down a four inch hole around a water pipe in the kitchen.

The fire service were called and after about half an hour managed to free the kittens. We were on the scene to check on their welfare. They have since been seen by a vet and are said to be doing well.

We got there just in time

RSPCA Inspector Caroline Richardson said:

“These gorgeous little animals are so tiny that they fell down this four inch hole and couldn’t make their way out.


The fire brigade were incredible in this rescue – I have never seen anything like it. They had to break pipes, and totally smash up the concrete floor, in order to reach the kittens.


“We got there just in time I think. The little kittens were frozen sitting in cold sludge. Another half an hour, and I think they would have died. They were just too young to survive such conditions.”

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