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Hole Lot of Bother

This pet cat used up several of her nine lives after getting stranded in a tree, then on a roof and finally ending up in the ventilation system of a block of flats where she had to be freed by firemen.

Locals at Essen in Germany first spotted the cat named Fleck hanging from the top of the tree and raised the alarm with fireman - by which time the cat had managed to scramble onto a nearby rooftop.

When firemen tried to free the pet from the roof they discovered Fleck had vanished and assumed she had made her own way to safety.

But a short while later they were called back again when locals realised the cat had got into the ventilation system of the block of flats.

Fire Brigade spokesman Mike Filzen said: "We could hear her calling and getting deeper and deeper into the building all the time. Eventually she seemed to get finally stuck in a bathroom in one of the flats so we resorted to a hammer and chisel to make a hole in the wall, and then used a linen basket to catch her and bring her to safety."

Fleck was then reunited with her owner Katarina Schell, 36, who also agreed to pay a builder to fix the hole in the wall of the bathroom.

German Herald





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