This hungry kitten called Dusty needed rescuing after getting its head firmly stuck in a drainage hole – of an industrial waste BIN.
The five-week-old female stray got herself in a tight spot while scavenging for food in the 10ft-high bin on Tuesday morning (5/1).
When binmen came to empty it she panicked and as she tried to escape she got her head wedged in the two-inch wide drainage hole.
A few hours later a member of the public spotted the black-and-white moggie’s head poking out and heard her meowing and called the RSPCA.
Three fire crews and an animal rescue crew dashed to the car park in Hailes Park Close, Wolverhampton, West Mids., at around 11am.
Two firefighters climbed inside the bin and held the cat steady and it took another 30 minutes to slide her out using a plastic collar smothered in lubricant.
Dusty was then rushed to the Birmingham Animal Centre in Frankley, where – apart from having a low temperature – she was given a clean bill of health.
RSPCA inspector Steve Morrall, who helped rescue the cat, said: “When I arrived, I saw the head of the kitten poking out from this bin.
“It was so unusual and I have never seen anything like it before.
“It is very likely she was looking for food in the bin, but panicked when the bin was being emptied and got herself stuck.
“The kitten was so stuck that it became obvious I would need extra assistance from West Midlands Fire Service. They were absolutely brilliant.
“It was a very delicate operation and we knew we had to be extra careful as it could have one seriously wrong.
“A fireman had to get into the bin to keep the kitten steady from the inside while another gently pulled her head back through the hole.
“We do not know how long the kitten was there for and she was understandably distressed.
“A vet was also on the scene to ensure that the kitten could be sedated if required.”
The RSPCA are now trying to rehome Dusty.