Suzanne Engert, an Erie, Colo. Resident, was walking through her yard when she thought she saw something strange hanging out of a cast iron pipe behind a shed in the yard.
There, trying to dig itself out was a black cat jammed tight inside the pipe. The animal had been trying to get out of the pipe, but apparently was stuck tight.
Engert tried to help free the cat’s head from the pipe, but was unable to get him free, so had to call for assistance. The Boulder County animal control officers came in response to her call and they in turn called in the local fire department.
The fire department first attempted to free the poor cat by rubbing vegetable oil and soap on his head, but they were still unable to budge him from the pipe.
They were concerned they might injure the cat by cutting the pipe, so they brought the whole thing, cat and pipe together, to the Humane Society.
On the way to the Humane Society’s facility, the officers discovered the reason the animal was stuck inside the pipe, and it appeared he wasn’t alone. Suddenly, a little wild rabbit came out of the back of the pipe and started jumping all around in the truck. The officers then stopped and opened the tailgate of the vehicle and the rabbit leaped out and sped away into a field.
It would seem the cat had been hunting dinner when he attempted to follow the bunny into the pipe and was trapped. So, the planned dinner had gotten away, but the cat was still stuck in the pipe and needed to be rescued.
Once they got to the Humane Society, they sedated the cat to keep him from being too panicked, and then gently managed to free the animal from the pipe. The cat, which was dubbed Squeeze, has some scrapes and cuts on his head and face, but was otherwise in stable condition.
Squeeze had no tags or collar, but after he recovers, the Humane Society will work to find the formerly trapped feline a good home if no owner steps forth to claim him.