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Black Cat Rescued from Tiny Drain Hole at Skateboard after Days Being
Story by Bob Walter
October 29, 2017
On Friday, October 27, a young cat was found stuck in one of the
storm drain pipes beneath the skate board park bowl at Mill Pond
Park. It is not known how long the cat had been stuck, or how it got
there. Anyone with information pertaining to this is urged to contact
The drains had been plugged earlier in the week, after
someone had stuffed items down one of the pipes. The cover
grate was gone. The bottom of the bowl had standing water. Town
crews cleaned the pipes out on Tuesday, October 24.
At around 3pm on Friday, the town administrator, several
water utility workers and a number of concerned citizens
could be seen in and around the bowl trying to determine how to
extract the cat. At one point, the terrified
animal's face could be seen peering upward from a 90-degree bend in
the narrow pipe about three feet below the concrete surface, but it
then backed away and was no longer visible, though its cries could
still be heard.
It was hoped the cat would reappear long enough to be
pulled up to safety, though the pipe, barely four inches in
diameter, limited the types of tools that could be used. One lanky
young boy, his Tee-shirt pulled off his right shoulder, was practicing
reaching down into the pipe with his slender arm in hopes of getting a
hold of the cat's head, but the cat was still beyond the bend in the
The crew tried to get the cat to back up to the next drain
about 25 feet away, gently pushing a plumber's "snake" in toward
it with a plastic water bottle taped to the end. But it could still be
heard crying near the same drain where it was spotted.
Unsuccessful after about three hours of trying, and with
darkness descending, the would-be rescuers decided to drop a
length of "mule tape," a flat, nylon rope, down into the pipe, and
anchored it at the top with weights, in hopes the cat would be able to
pull itself out, since the pipe itself was smooth PVC, with nothing
for the animal to grip. They also dropped a small amount of cat food,
then left for the evening.
At 7:48 a.m. Saturday, two kids at the park heard the cat
crying and called 911 to report it. South Pierce Fire and Rescue
responded from the Eatonville station, along with Officer Gill of the
Eatonville Police Department, who brought along a noose-type catch
pole. The cat was again partly visible down inside the pipe.
This time it seemed to cooperate as they attempted to coax
it far enough into view to use the catch pole. After
several tries, Firefighter/Paramedic Corey Kneeshaw was finally able
to snug the loop around the cat's neck and pull the animal out. By
10:30, the town utility staff was preparing to secure a grate on the
opening to the drain pipe.
The cat appeared to be suffering from hypothermia.
Firefighter/EMT John Walsh, acting lieutenant at the
station, contacted his wife, who came and took the cat home to care
for it. No word as yet on how the cat is doing. We will provide an
update as soon as we receive word.