Hillsborough firefighters rescue tiny kitten from underground storm drain

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – It took some creative thinking and some team work for Hillsborough County Fire Rescue firefighters, animal control and a resident to save one tiny kitten stuck in an underground storm drain.

HCFR received a call about the kitten just before 9 a.m. Sunday. The caller said the 2-month-old kitten had been in the drain for almost two days.hcfrkitten4

The crew from Engine 39 responded to the scene. Led by Acting Captain Jayson Lynn, the crew together with the animal control and the resident came up with the plan. They built a bridge out of two pieces of baseboard and a towel. They put some food at the top and lowered the construction in the drain hoping the kitten will climb up.

The cat didn’t cooperate.

Then the rescuers took a low-pressure hose and sprayed the water in the drain to make the kitten move closer to the opening. They used a fishing net to scoop the kitty out.

They turned the cat back to its owner.

Acting Captain Jayson Lynn, Acting Driver Engineer Tony Barrios, Firefighter Eric Tompkins, Animal Control and the residents at the scene worked together to rescue the little kitty.
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