But that’s exactly what volunteer Golden Bay feline foster carer Maddie Towns witnessed last Saturday.
As part of her volunteer work with Perth animal rescue organisation Lost Souls Animal Rescue Inc, Ms Towns received a call that three two-week-old kittens had been abandoned by their mother at an Orelia house.
‘When I got there one of the kittens had been stuck under the house for a few days. Try as I might I couldn’t get it out. It was stuck in a vent shaft going down between the double brick wall,’ Ms Towns said.
In desperation, she called Hope Valley Fire Station.
‘They sent out their big truck and the commander’s ute with about four firies in no time at all,’ she said.
‘They got straight to work smashing into the outside vent cover that connected to the one inside. It took what seemed ages while they had to break up the cement footing of the cover.
‘I was on the inside trying to keep the poor kitten calm enough so he wouldn’t go into shock from all the noise and vibration. Finally they broke through and with a bit of encouragement the little guy crawled out into the fireman’s hands.’
The kitten has been named Bailey, in honour of his rescuer Scott Bailey.
Ms Towns showered praise on Scott and fellow B Platoon members, station officer Syd Davies and senior firefighters Rob Garnet and Darren Forkin.
‘I really would like to make the local community aware of the fantastic and caring job the platoon did for this kitten. They went beyond what many people would have done,’ Ms Towns said.
Lost Souls is always in need of volunteer foster carers and donations of food, equipment and money. Find them on Facebook.