Tight fit for Bella the cat among RSPCA top rescues

National charity the RSPCA has released its top, and most unusual, rescues of the last year - with a sticky situation for this Lincolnshire cat.

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In 2021, 281,390 incidents were reported to the charity’s frontline teams via its emergency hotline - with 46,075 in the East and West Midlands - including helping lots of animals who got themselves into rather amusing situations. Luckily, they all had a happy ending.

The RSPCA has now revealed its top rescues of 2021 across the Midlands, with this poor cat needed help after getting wedged in a tiny 3in gap between two walls here in Lincolnshire.

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It’s thought Bella got stuck after chasing something into the gap, and rescuer Deborah Scotcher rushed to her home on November 19 to help firefighters free the stricken puss.

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She said: “After several attempts we actually managed to coax poor Bella out backwards and she was returned to her very grateful owner.

“She was given a once over and, other than being a bit dishevelled and a missing claw, she was fine. I’m just so glad that it was a happy ending for all involved.”

Another unusual rescue for the RSPCA here in Lincolnshire was this greedy squirrel who needed a helping hand after getting his body wedged in a birdfeeder.

Rescuer Claire Mitchell was called to Scunthorpe on December 17 when a resident spotted the stricken squirrel.

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Claire said: “His legs were just dangling out of the feeder which reminded me of Santa stuck in a chimney!

“Luckily his predicament was spotted by the residents who alerted us or he could have endured prolonged suffering.

“He was obviously frightened but otherwise appeared unscathed from his ordeal - however he probably needs to lay off the nuts for a while!”

The grey squirrel was released back into the wild there and then as he did not require any treatment.