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Ingenius idea from quick-thing volunteers saves kittens' lives.

Four kittens stuck in a six-inch gap between buildings were rescued thanks to a £1.79 child’s fishing net and a broom handle.

ginger kitten with blue eyes

Quick-thinking volunteers from Cats Protection’s Gwent Branch taped the net and broom together, balanced on a step ladder and reached into a tiny gap between a wall and a conservatory.

blonde woman on step ladder with fishing net

“We decided the only way we could rescue the kittens was to fish them out,” said Glynis Davies, Coordinator of the Gwent Branch.

ginger kittens stuck in narrow gap between walls

“They were trapped in a very small space – it was about just six inches wide at one end and 12 inches at the other.

two ginger kittens with blue eyes

“We were able to reach down and wiggle the nets around, then carefully scoop the kittens back over the wall to safety.

“It was very tricky, but it just shows what you can achieve with teamwork and determination!”

black-and-white kitten and ginger kittens on leopard print blanket

The two ginger and two black-and-white kittens have been named Nemo, Marlin, Dory and Deb after fish characters from the animated film Finding Nemo.

They were rescued on Friday 12 April in Liswerry Drive, Llanyrafon, Cwmbran by Jeff Leek and Glynis Davies with the help of local residents.

ginger kitten with blue eyes

It’s not known how the three-and-a-half week old kittens came to be trapped, but they will now be hand-reared by Cats Protection volunteers. Once they are old enough they will be found new homes.

If you would like to support the work of the Gwent Branch, you can donate to its 40th birthday fundraising event - a daring zip wire challenge taking place in May.

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