A Johnston, R.I., resident heard pitiful wails outdoors and resolved to find the source of the heartbreaking cries. Finally, the origin was located – from a tiny white kitten trapped tightly between two construction boulders.
Johnston Police Animal Control Officer, Erin Medeiros, was one of the first to arrive on the scene, describing the feline’s predicament as heart-wrenching to see and hear.
“It was so sad,” Medeiros told The Johnston Patch [http://patch.com/rhode-island/johnston/crews-rescue-kitten-wedged-between-boulders-0]. “He’s a little trooper.”
The kitten, now dubbed Soldier by rescuers, is believed to have been wedged between the boulders for two days. When it was realized that the kitten wouldn’t be released from his hold easily, it was determined that the rescue would require the use of the Jaws of Life, a hydraulic device intended to push the boulders apart.
“He was quiet when we did that,” Medeiros said.
As the temperatures rose to a whopping 97 degrees, members from the Johnston Fire Department arrived with the Jaws of Life. Taking turns stroking Soldier’s head to keep him calm, rescuers brainstormed the best way to use the apparatus in a fashion that would keep the kitten from harm.
“All the guys tried to figure out the best way to handle the situation and some guys got on one side, others got on the other side, so even if something cracked, we had multiple firefighters holding on,” Medeiros said.
Finally, without hesitation, rescuers were able to pry the boulders apart just enough for Medeiros to reach her hand in for a few seconds, and pull the kitten to safety.
“He was infested with fleas, he was dehydrated, but we got some fluids right away, gave him a bath, a flea dip, and everything he needed,” Medeiros said. “He’s doing very well.”
Even better? Animal Control already has a new home lined up for little Soldier.