DULUTH, MN — A kitten may still have all nine lives after a firefighter rescued it from a storm drain Wednesday.
The Duluth Fire Department says they were called for a public assist request to help the kitten, and when crews arrived, they found three young girls who heard a kitten crying from inside the drain while out walking with their father.
Crews were able to remove the top grate and then sent firefighter Jeremy Helm inside, but the kitten wouldn’t come to him.
After using thermal imaging and still not able to get the kitten out, firefighter Andy Beck took a firefighter breathing air tank down the line to the next grate.
He was then able to open the tank in hopes of using the loud air escaping from the bottle to scare the kitten back towards the drain opening.
Crews say the tactic worked, and the kitten ran into Helm’s arms.
A neighbor then came over with a cage, and told firefighters she would take it to the vet for shots and a check-up.
The neighbor said she would then try to adopt it out.