Cat-lovers rescued a tiny kitten, trapped in a drainpipe for almost 12 hours.
Members of Accrington-based group Friends Of The Cats found a mother cat and her two six-week-old kittens who were roaming stray in a yard behind the New Era complex in Accrington.
However, a tiny third kitten gave rescuers the slip.
The jet-black male disappeared down a drainpipe at the corner of Church Street and Cannon Street and got stuck.
Andy Richards, founder of Friends Of The Cats, said: “We were horrified to see him go down a drainage pipe, where he got stuck and couldn’t get back out. It turned out that the pipe was about 50 feet long and it then joined a junction where other pipes went off in different directions.
“We had initially heard the kitten mewing and scrambling to try to get back up the pipe, but then he went quiet and we feared the worst.”
After lifting manholes around the drain, trying to find the kitten, the team then posted an appeal on Facebook for help and drain specialist Alan Greer arrived. He inserted a camera into the drain, inadvertently dislodging the kitten after almost 12 hours.
The moggy popped up out of a drain further up Cannon Street, and after 15 minutes of chasing up and down the street, it was finally captured, to be re-united with its mum and brothers.
Andy said: “At Friends Of The Cats, we’ve been involved in countless cat rescues over the years, but this has to be one of the most dramatic and ultimately satisfying.”
The runaway kitten has been named Leaf, his brothers Maple and Spruce, and mum Fern. They will be available for re-homing in around three weeks. For details, call 07922 109933.