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Cute alert: Firies rescue trapped kittens

Calliope firefighters Ian Richardson and Graham Woolley with the kittens they rescued from a wall.
Calliope firefighters Ian Richardson and Graham Woolley with the kittens they rescued from a wall.

CALLIOPE firefighters have donned their kid gloves to rescue four tiny kittens trapped in a wall.

Proof that rescues come in all shapes and sizes, firefighters Ian Richardson and Graham Woolley saved the kittens around lunchtime on Wednesday.

The firies were alerted to the unusual situation after staff at the Calliope Pharmacy noticed strange noises coming from the wall cavity. 

Shop manager Kim Campbell said she had been doing bookwork in the office when she heard scratching and meowing.

Staff searched the nearby area but couldn't locate the kittens, so they called the RSPCA, who recommended a call to the fire service.

Three fire officers attended, heading up into the ceiling to retrieve the kittens.

Ms Campbell said there had been no sign of the kittens' mother.

"It looked like they'd been there about two weeks, then mum had left," she said. "They were in good nick."

Staff put milk into a syringe to feed the kittens.

"It was an exciting Wednesday," Ms Campbell said.

Customers didn't notice the incident unfold because it was all happening in the staff area.

"But we did ask a few customers, 'Would you like a cat with that?'" Ms Campbell laughed.

A staff member fell in love with one of the kittens and has taken it home, while the other three were taken by council pound officers, who hope to find a good home for them.

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