A plucky kitten who got her head stuck in an industrial bin drainage hole has been rescued in a joint operation between the RSPCA and West Midlands Fire Service.


The head of the tiny five-week-old kitten was spotted in the car park at Hailes Park Close, Wolverhampton, by a member of the public yesterday morning (Tuesday, 5 January), who immediately rang the RSPCA.

RSPCA inspector Steve Morrall said: “When I arrived, I saw the head of the kitten poking out from this bin – it was so unusual and I have never seen anything like it before.

“It is very likely she was looking for food in the bin, but panicked when the bin was being emptied and got herself stuck.

“The kitten was so stuck that it became obvious I would need extra assistance from West Midlands Fire Service. They were absolutely brilliant.”

It is not known if the kitten belongs to anyone – and it is thought possible she might have been born a stray.

The kitten was freed using a small plastic collar smothered in lubricant. Inspector Morrall said: “It was a very delicate operation and we knew we had to be extra careful as it could have gone seriously wrong. A fireman had to get into the bin to keep the kitten steady from the inside.

“We do not know how long the kitten was there for and she was understandably distressed. A vet was also on the scene to ensure that the kitten could be sedated if required.”


The kitten, who was been named Dusty, was given a full check-up at a vets, where – apart from a low temperature – she has been given a clean bill of health.

She is now in the RSPCA’s care and will be available for rehoming soon.

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