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Curious cat gets stuck in wall cavity
2:36pm Wednesday 22nd August 2012 in News
By Paul Lacey
The owner of a cat that was trapped inside a wall cavity for more than 29 hours has urged pet owners to get their animals ID chipped.
Binka the cat wandered into a house several hundred yards away from his owner’s home and got stuck after crawling into a hole in the kitchen wall.
Tenant Lisa Marchant, of Dunstall Avenue in Burgess Hill, found the curious cat wedged in an unfilled hole left by contractors making house improvements and called the emergency services.
RSPCA staff and the West Sussex Technical Rescue Unit spent three hours trying to free the feline using specialist tools such as a ‘snake eye’ camera.
Lee Gregory, along with wife Joanne and children Ollie, 11, and Isla, four, were grateful to be reunited with Binka but didn’t realise she was in trouble until after she had been rescued.
Mr Gregory, a plasterer from Burgess Hill, said: “We were only able to get her back because the RSPCA knew where to look.
“If she wasn’t chipped, then ultimately we wouldn’t have seen her again.”
Binka emerged from her ordeal dusty and a little upset but suffered no lasting injuries before being returned to her family.