Forget Father Christmas coming down the chimney at Christmas – one family were surprised to find a slightly different visitor in their home this year.
Meet ‘Santa Claws’: the cat which got stuck in a chimney on Christmas Eve.
The RSPCA was called by a concerned family in Southsea, Portsmouth after their own cat started acting strangely.
Then they heard meowing coming from inside the chimney and realised another cat was stuck in there.
RSPCA inspector Emily Stodart arrived and the black and white cat was safely freed after the fireplace was removed.
‘The cat was frightened and was a little grumpy but thankfully he wasn’t left injured – although he did manage to leave sooty paw prints all over the family’s light-coloured furniture,’ Emily said.
‘It must have been quite a fall for him and thankfully the family realised there was a cat there so we could rescue him.
‘Cats do sometimes find themselves in predicaments like this – perhaps he was on a mission to help Father Christmas!’
The cat was checked over by Emily and was found to be in good health.
She added: ‘He looked like a well looked after cat so his family were probably worried where he was.
‘I released him back in the area with a paper collar with details of the incident so his owners know about his little festive adventure!’
This winter, the RSPCA expects to rescue thousands of animals from neglect, cruelty and suffering. You can help teams reach thousands of animals who need help by donating here and spread the word by tweeting #JoinTheRescue.
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