Purrrfect timing: Three tiny kittens are rescued from the brink of death when builders hear one crying just hours before they demolished a restaurant
- George Harman and colleagues spent three hours rescuing three stuck kittens
- They carefully cut floorboards and removed wall blocks to reach tiny animals
- Kitten trio, named Bill, Elle and Beatrix, were covered in cobwebs, dust and dirt
- The derelict restaurant in Cane End, Reading, was only hours from demolition
Three trapped kittens had a lucky escape when they were rescued by workmen who heard their cries coming from under the floorboards during pre-demolition checks.
George Harman and his colleagues discovered the kittens as they were working on the site of a former restaurant in Cane End, Reading, last week.
The team of workmen then spent a painstaking three hours freeing the adorable animals after they became stuck inside the walls of the derelict building.
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George Harman and his colleagues discovered the kittens trapped under the floorboards and in the wall as they were working on a former restaurant in Cane End, Reading
The workmen spent a painstaking three hours freeing the adorable animals. To rescue the third kitten safely they had to gently tap concrete blocks with a hammer to loosen them
The builders had been carrying out end of day checks – and were set to demolish the building in a few hours time – when they heard tiny cries coming from inside.
They set about finding the source of the noise and were shocked to discover a black kitten crying for its mother when they looked down a hole in the floorboards.
The team set about carefully cutting and removing floorboards and eventually came across another two stranded kittens.
Adorable pictures and video footage show the tiny creatures covered in debris and cobwebs following the three hour rescue mission.
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George Harman, Project Manager at Bellwood Homes, said: ‘The third kitten was the challenge.
‘We had heard more cries in the room but then there was silence. When it started crying again we managed to trace the noise to a bay window.
‘We removed more and more flooring but we still couldn’t see a kitten anywhere. We could still hear the cries and then we realised they were coming from inside the wall.
‘We started to remove each block by hand, gently tapping the blocks with a hammer trying to loosen them without causing any disruption or discomfort to the kitten.
‘We removed 10 concrete blocks in total to find that a third kitten had somehow got into the cavity of the building.
The builders had been carrying out end of day checks – and were set to demolish the building in a few hours time – when they heard tiny cries coming from inside
The kittens, covered in cobwebs and dirt, were very small when they were found and had to be bottle-fed every four hours initially (pictured is one of the trio recovering at the Blue Cross)
The kittens looked to be in a pretty poorly state with gunk around their eyes.
‘They were covered in cobwebs, dirt and dust and were so small you could feel every bone in their body. I can only imagine that they were starving hungry.’
There was no sign of the kittens’ mother so George took them to the Blue Cross’s rehoming centre in Lewknor, Oxon.
The kittens were so young that they initially required around the clock care, having to be bottle-fed every four hours and helped to go to the toilet in the absence of their mother.
Now aged five weeks the trio, who have been named Bill, Elle and Beatrix, are getting stronger by the day and will be going to new homes when they are old enough.
Laura Smart, Animal Welfare Assistant at Blue Cross Lewknor, fostered the kittens at her home.
She said: ‘When they first came in to us they needed feeding every four hours. One of the kittens, Elle, had a really bad eye which was glued shut and ulcerated.
‘After lots of TLC they are all getting stronger by the day. Elle is very affectionate and cuddly and loves laying and falling asleep on her back. Bill is very confident and loves exploring.
‘He walks around my house like he owns it, while Beatrix is really cute – she manages to fall asleep in my hand.’
Now aged five weeks the trio, who have been named Bill, Elle and Beatrix, are getting stronger by the day and will be going to new homes when they are old enough
Laura Smart, Animal Welfare Assistant at Blue Cross Lewknor, fostered the kittens at her home. She said: ‘After lots of TLC they are all getting stronger by the day’
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