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When a kitten was heard crying in a storm drain, firefighters got creative

This gray kitten had a big day Thursday. It was rescued from a street drain pipe in Moss Point and found a home.
This gray kitten had a big day Thursday. It was rescued from a street drain pipe in Moss Point and found a home. City of Moss Point

A gray kitten that had spent two days in a drain pipe under Kreole Street in east Moss Point was rescued Thursday.

It was under the street near a laundromat and had been crying loudly when people reported it to the city.

Moss Point Animal Control Officer Deborah Bastean said she’s not sure how it got in there, because the drain grates on both sides of the street were welded shut, but she needed help Thursday morning to get the kitten out and Moss Point firefighters did their part.

After the grates were pried open and Bastean got into the drainage way with a flashlight, she could see the kitten. It was a good distance from the opening, under the street between the drain openings on either side of Kreole Street.

Food didn’t lure it out.

Firefighters forced water and air down the street drain on the opposite side of the street from where Bastean was squatting and literally pushed the kitten toward her.

“I could hear the cat, and I had to climb into the drain to see it, but I couldn’t fit into the drain,” she said. “I’m small, but not that small. When you’re in a small pipe like that, all that water and air was flying in my face. It was disgusting.

“But the kitten came straight to my hands. It was awesome.”

Bastean said it was an unusual rescue for her.

“I don’t normally crawl in a hole,” she said. But the ending is happy.

A young woman who was doing laundry at the laundromat took the kitten home.

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