An adventurous cat got stuck in a dry stone wall in County Durham.
So stuck, that rescuers needed to dismantle the wall in order to free the poor cat.
An RSPCA rescuer was called to a field in Tow Law, near Bishop Auckland, on January 23.
A dog walker, whose pet spotted the black and white cat wedged in a small gap in the wall, alerted the animal charity.
Inspector Ruth Thomas-Coxon said: ‘It was an unusual call-out and the poor puss was very frightened and a little aggressive.
‘Initially it looked as though he’d chosen to tuck himself inside the gap but he didn’t try to run away when we got closer so I was concerned he may have been injured or sick.
‘The owner of the paddocks and wall came out and between us we removed some of the stones to dismantle the top part of the wall and free the cat.
‘He made a dash for it and jumped into another part of the wall where we were able to catch him.’
The cat is now nicknamed Freddy, and the wall is being rebuilt by the owner.
Ruth continued: ‘Vets found he was in fairly good health although he had some matts in his coat which they removed.
‘He was a sweet, friendly cat so I wondered if he was a missing pet but he was not microchipped.
‘I made some enquiries nearby, put up a poster where we rescued him and also put his profile on PetsLocated but, unfortunately, he’s not yet been claimed.
‘He’s being looked after at a local cattery and if no one comes forward for him then we’ll find him a new home.’
If you recognise Freddy, contact the RSPCA’s appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care Join the Rescue this winter, or call the donation line on 0300 123 8181.
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