Cat-astrophe Averted After Ealing Feline Rescued From Mountain Bike
Source: Ealing Times, London, UK
The RSPCA were called in by the Metropolitan Police to help the black and white cat who got trapped in a gap in the frame of the black mountain bike.
Animal collection officer Prisca Giddens rushed to the scene in Oldfield Lane North, Greenford, on Thursday afternoon.
ACO Giddens said: "A delivery driver had called police after spotting the puss in a bit of a tight spot!"
"The driver tried to free the cat but couldn't and, as the bike was chained up outside a house, he called the police who alerted us."
"The cat had his head and front legs stuck on one side of the bike frame having tried to climb through the gap between the back wheel and the chain."
"He was completely stuck and the bike was upside down, hanging over a balcony, so I was worried about freeing the cat in such a precarious position."
"Luckily, a passerby stopped and helped me free the feline."
"We were able to support his back end and help him squeeze himself through the gap and, luckily, he wasn't any worse for wear!"
The cat was checked over and scanned for a microchip revealing a foreign chip meaning the officer couldn't retrieve the details.
As he wasn't injured, she decided to release him so he could find his own way home.
"He was a lovely cat and just looked a little embarrassed," said ACO Giddens.
"I suspect this curious cat wasn't too far from his home and, as he wasn't injured, I decided to let him find his own way home instead of stressing him out any further."
"I released him with a paper collar on including my details in case his owners wanted to know what he'd been up to!"
The RSPCA urges all pet owners to get their animals microchipped.
It is now compulsory to have dogs microchipped and to keep registered contact details updated but the animal welfare charity would also like cat owners to ensure their pets are microchipped with contact details up-to-date in case of an incident like this.