Someone little and fluffy who certainly did not belong there was amidst the scrap metal, large inventory, and industrial rubbish bins in a gigantic factory.
And, happily, one worker in the plant saw her little, wide-eyed face.
Anyone would be right to do a double take seeing just the head of a scrappy gray kitten bizarrely sticking out of the side of a big trash bin.
As one person, who observed the odd optics of the photograph on Facebook, rightly observed: “It looks like a sticker!”
As another photograph showed, there was indeed a whole real cat attached to that fuzzy little face — and she needed help out of the very tight spot she’d gotten herself into.
Saving this odd furry creature proved to be a difficult effort.
“After calling around to a few agencies for help, the incident was reported to RSPCA Victoria, and Inspector Maree immediately set off on the rescue mission,” RSPCA Victoria wrote on Facebook. “Once it was established that no amount of lubrication would free the kitten’s head, Maree knew she needed some extra help.”
That’s how the fire department got involved. Firefighters from the Country Fire Authority arrived with a much-needed tool: “After a long hour of careful maneuvering with a small angle grinder, the pipe was finally cut away.”
The little cat, whom rescuers named Piper, was clearly shaken but relieved.
“Cold and weak, the kitten was clearly regretting its misadventures, but seemed to know she was in good hands,” the RSPCA wrote.
Piper got the cleanup she desperately needed and then was wrapped in some comforting towels.
“The little fighter has since proved herself to be a sweet affectionate kitten,” the RSPCA wrote. “After some vet care and TLC at our clinic, she’s ready for some less perilous adventures in a foster home while she gains weight.”
Piper, a lovely kitten, is one of hundreds of cats searching for homes through the RSPCA Victoria since it is kitten season (and countless more worldwide).
“Cats usually reproduce in the spring and summer. The kitten season is lasting a lot longer than normal after a particularly hot, dry summer, according to a news release from RSPCA Victoria that was made available to The Dodo. We now have a significant cat problem as a result.
Because of this, the charity is making it simpler than ever to adopt a homeless cat by abolishing costs for cats older than five months. The RSPCA said that the “No fees for felines” campaign has thus far proven effective.
“We want to keep the momentum going … giving more people the opportunity to bring a cat into their family and experience the joy that comes with it.”