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Thu Dec 20, 2012, 04:07 PM

4-week-old kitten named Teddy Bear rescued from deep hole



Judgmental comment: The hole ain't THAT deep. Looks like a hole someone with long arms could have reached into. since the firemen didn't use tools, I'm guessing that's what they did.

A 4-week-old kitten named Teddy Bear was rescued from a deep hole that was once used for an old fence post in Lakeland on Tuesday.

Teddy Bear spent an estimated three days trapped in the hole before Brenda Rodriguez found him meowing and looking up at her.

"I was so sad. I was very sad for the little cat," said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez said she called the fire department, which arrived in 10 minutes.

"One of our guiding principles here at the Lakeland Fire Department is compassion and that doesn't stop with human beings," said Asst. Chief Rick Hartzog.

Without using any tools, a couple of firefighters managed to pull the cold and hungry kitten to safety.

"He was very emaciated and also dehydrated as well, so he just needed some good love and care and a little bit of nutrients," said Dr. Kim Domokos, veterinarian at SPCA Florida.

Domokos said Teddy Bear is fitting in perfectly and he's starting to play, develop a personality and seems to get along with others.

http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/4-week-old-kitten-named-teddy-bear-rescued-deep-ho/nTZx6/

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Liberal_in_LA Dec 2012 OP
LeftofObama Dec 2012 #1
elfin Dec 2012 #2
Liberal_in_LA Dec 2012 #3
elfin Dec 2012 #5
immoderate Dec 2012 #4
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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 04:21 PM

1. Bless his heart!

Poor baby was probably scared to death!

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 04:28 PM

2. Nice, but MY FD will not respond to cat calls

Learned that when a kitten had scrambled up a TALL tree in fear of a dog. Dog put in house, kitten went up further when called.

FD said forget about it, we don't do that anymore. Same answer from local humane society. They both said to just put an open can of tuna at the base of the 75 foot tree.

Did that, but no movement after an hour. Found a friend with a super tall ladder, owned by her FD son. While we were wrestling with it with the anxious kitty owners whimpering, we heard a mew. On the ground. Never saw it land.

All OK, but now know not to call the FD or HS when there is a treed kitty.

Don't know if the same situation here if an animal is in a hole.

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Response to elfin (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 04:39 PM

3. last few news stories I've read about cats up trees, the local tree trimming company took pity and

rescued cats. One does it as a regular service for the town.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:27 PM

5. Thanks for the idea

Will call my "tree guy" if it happens again. Never thought to do so. But it was not MY kitty, so would get the owners to pay for it.

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Response to elfin (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:09 PM

4. Ever wonder why you don't see decimated cat remains in trees?

They climb down when they have had enough tree.

--imm

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Response to immoderate (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:30 PM

6. I don't think a cat skeleton has ever been found

in a tree.

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Response to closeupready (Reply #7)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:52 PM

8. .

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