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A Gillingham resident returned home from her holidays to find unexpected visitors had moved in and could be heard mewing through the wall.
The woman quickly realised that she was unable to help the stricken kitten so called the fire service for help yesterday afternoon (Thursday).
Firefighters used a specialist snake eye camera – the type used to search collapsed buildings – to pinpoint the kitten’s exact location – and small hand tools to make a hole in the wall to free the trapped moggy.
Station Manager, Stuart Beadle, said: “It appears the mother belonged to a neighbouring property but had found an opening in a flat roof and gone inside to have her kittens.
“Unfortunately one had found his feet and stumbled two metres down inside the cavity wall. Miraculously, despite being dusty and dirty, he was unharmed and reunited with his mother in less than an hour. His four brothers and sisters had escaped a similar plight as they had not yet taken their first steps.”
They were all were handed into the care of the RSPCA for precautionary checks.
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Photos of the kittens can be found on www.kentfirephotos.co.uk image numbers 5394 and 5395