Police, fire brigade work to rescue crying cat from clothes recycling bin. It turned out to be...

“Your heart was in the right place. Funny story with a positive ending,” wrote a Twitter user about the incident.
The rescuers working to save the ‘cat’.(Twitter/@AMCELL)
The rescuers working to save the ‘cat’.(Twitter/@AMCELL)
Published on Oct 06, 2020 01:15 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAmrita Kohli

It’s always heartening to read stories in which people go out of their way to rescue a helpless animal stuck in a tough spot. Thanks to social media, several such stories have come to light, like a horse being rescued out of a ravine with the help of a helicopter or a woman saving a deer trapped in a hammock. However, there are also those instances when such rescue operations end up with rather bizarre outcomes. This incident shared on Twitter is among them.

A man in London went to put away some clothes in a recycling bin when he heard the cries of a cat from inside. In his tweet, Alan McElligott, an associate professor in animal behaviour at the University of Roehampton in London detailed the incident.

Upon hearing the cries, he called the police in the hope that they could help get feline out. Police also confirmed the cat cries and 90 minutes later, the fire brigade arrived to rescue the cat.

When they managed to break open the bin, that’s when they discovered a rather hilarious surprise.

“The ‘cat’ turned out toy, battery-powered one, with very convincing meows!” wrote McElligott in his tweet. The post also shows an image of the cat along with other pictures of the entire rescue op.

Shared on October 4, the tweet has collected over 4,000 likes and more than 700 retweets. Several people posted their reactions to the share.

“Yep - my daughter used to have that very toy! Think it was a ‘Fur-Real’ - I always used to think it was one of my actual cats in distress,” wrote a Twitter user. “Your heart was in the right place. Funny story with a positive ending,” added another.

Here’s how a few others reacted:

What do you think about this incident?

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