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IntriCATe animal extrication

By: Bill Cook

Category: Incidents - Vehicle / Rescue / Hazmat

  11.38 AM 16 August, 2013


Location: District 15 News

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Sebastopol Fire Brigade members were called to a challenging situation that saw the need for them to think outside the box. 

Members from Sebastopol brigade were called to a cat that had become stuck in the engine bay of a car last night, 15  August. The cat’s owners tried for more than an hour to coax their pet from its predicament, to the extent of beginning to dismantle the vehicle, but without success.

They called the brigade after being unable to gain assistance from other sources. The attending crews tried to free the cat by extracting him backwards from where he had entered into the engine bay, but after a number of attempts it was evident that the cat was firmly wedged between the rear of the engine and the fire wall.

A vet was called call to sedate the cat who, by this time, was becoming stressed and resisting all attempts to free him. When the cat was lightly sedated, he could be manipulated out of his predicament more easily. The cat was handed over to the vet for a check-up, who gave him a clean bill of health.

It’s hoped that this experience has taught the cat to seek a more suitable place for warmth on the occasional chilly Ballarat evening.

Last Updated: 16 August 2013