Woman risks her life to save kitten from a drain pipe in this amazing rescue
This woman went to heroic lengths to save this precious kitten while rain was falling and water was rising.
Residents heard three kittens crying in the pipe. One was taken to safety by its mother, and one unfortunately drowned. Volunteers tried to coax the last kitten out but she continued evading rescuers and headed towards the other end of the pipe, which was covered by a gate.
Dorella Tuckwiller, the founder of Itty Bitty Kitty Committee rescue group in Charleston, West Virginia, came to the scene. She crawled head-first into a storm drain pipe, immersing herself in the water to save the weeks-old kitten from drowning.
Firefighters helped pump out the water from the ditch that gave Dorella some breathing room.
As a small group of people pulled Dorella out when she signaled she had the kitten (barely), she handed the scared little drenched furball to the crowd while she was still halfway in the drain.
“My biggest fear was I was going to lose (her),” Dorella said via Gazette Mail. “If I had dropped (her)… that was my biggest fear was not being able to hold (her) above the water and dropping (her).”
“I had about this much space between my head and the water,” she added, showing about six inches of space between her hands.
“Everybody who came together has been amazing, if the fire department hadn’t been pumping the water out, I don’t think there would have been enough space in there to get to (her). Every single person standing right here who shared what I posted, who responded, everyone is a hero. It takes a little army to save one little life.”
They named the little girl Stormy, a very fitting name.
“Although we are extremely thankful for the life we were able to save, we are heavy hearted for the lives that were lost before we arrived. This is the part of rescue that is the toughest,” Itty Bitty Kitty Committee rescue wrote.
“On our way to the doctors office with her a huge rainbow crossed the interstate. We took it as a sign from those precious cats who crossed the rainbow bridge too soon, but also reminded us about beauty after a storm. Thank you to all of the volunteers who came to our aid.”
“Stormy is doing great! She is eating well and is full of energy.”
“Stormy is currently residing with a wonderful foster family and is in the best of hands.”
Watch the incredible rescue below!
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