PORTLAND, Oregon (KPTV) — Fire crews rescued a kitten from a sewage pipe early Monday morning after a six-hour ordeal.
Homeowners heard the kitten crying from the walls of their basement on Northeast Sandy Boulevard near 118th Avenue at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
Firefighters first tried to find where the kitten was trapped, but didn’t have any luck. They called in a plumber, who used a snake camera to locate the cat.
The kitten was having trouble moving in the 4-inch pipe and was 20 feet down the line.
Crews cut holes in the pipe and used air to get the kitten to work its way back toward an opening.
Firefighter Scott Pearson was the first one to retrieve the kitten, who crews nicknamed “Champ.”
“It was scared and hungry,” said Pearson. “But I’m sure that it was glad to be out of that dark, damp hole.”
Crews took Champ to a local fire station to take care of it for the night.