Flushed with victory: Aussie firemen save trapped kitten

Okay, we’re not the Daily Mail, but in this dire election season we need a sensational and heartwarming story. Here it is: after five hours of arduous effort, eight firemen in New South Wales rescued a newborn kitten accidentally flushed down the toilet by a toddler.  The site has a swell three-minute video showing the whole rescue.  Advance Australia fair!



  1. Marella
    Posted October 19, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    Well I’m glad to see someone has their priorities straight!

    • Janice Cornforth
      Posted October 19, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Permalink


  2. OliversArmy
    Posted October 19, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Permalink


  3. Posted October 19, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    For Dog’s Ceiling Cat’s sake! Don’t leave toddlers alone with vulnerable animals!

  4. Posted October 19, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    Saw the kid on Aussie morning television. Her mother said she’s obsessed with the toilet and flushes down everything she can find.

    She may not understand the consequences of her actions, but the flushed kitty was no accident.

  5. Dominic
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 2:18 am | Permalink

    I wouldn’t want to have to lick her clean…

  6. Simon
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 3:07 am | Permalink

    Fantastic, expensive & highly trained rescue technicians wasted rescuing a semi drowned kitten. What would’ve happened if they had a “real” emergency to attend? Would society has gmebody have died?
    I see Australia has got it’s priorities in order, drowned kittens & “saint: Mary McKillop.

    • Phil
      Posted October 20, 2010 at 3:36 am | Permalink

      Go fuck yourself.

    • AR
      Posted October 20, 2010 at 6:44 am | Permalink

      If another emergency had cropped up, they’d have stopped the cat rescue in pretty short order. I haven’t seen any subsequent articles entitled “Firemen ignore burning orphanage to save kitty, death toll: 16 and rising” or similar, though, so this exercise in “what ifs” seems a bit pointless and your entire post a lot callous. Your righteous indignation, however, is noted.

      • Posted October 20, 2010 at 8:03 am | Permalink

        yes, duly noted as stupid.

        • Torbjörn Larsson, OM
          Posted October 20, 2010 at 9:33 am | Permalink

          Actually, it’s a fallacy of false dilemma. It’s not stupid, it’s before stupid (a non starter) – it’s not even stupid.

  7. Simon
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 3:10 am | Permalink

    Sorry, a glitch in my last post.
    meant to say “would somebody have died”.
    I like kittehs as much as the next person but lets get our priorities in order.

    • Phil
      Posted October 20, 2010 at 4:48 am | Permalink

      Whiny, mean spirited foot stamping, however you try and frame it. Go fuck yourself.

  8. Sili
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    Pity toilets (ever US ones) are too small to flush most toddlers.

    And, Phil, go fuck yourself with a decaying porcupine. Sideways.

    • whyevolutionistrue
      Posted October 20, 2010 at 6:20 am | Permalink

      Oh dear. Please let’s not degenerate into profanity; can’t we find other ways of expressing disagreement?! No more cursing like this.

      On another site the firemen said that had there been an emergency involving human life, they would have abandoned the kitten rescue, so there was no need to prioritize these things. It’s simply mean-spirited, then, to say that they should have let the kitten die.

      • Paul W.
        Posted October 20, 2010 at 10:27 am | Permalink

        I’m disappointed in you, Jerry. You complain about the profanity, but ignore the threat of sexual violence?

        Gnu atheists are so horrible.


        • Posted October 20, 2010 at 11:16 am | Permalink

          I definitely saw the threat of rape by ripened rodent there!

          It’s Pharyngula all over again.

  9. wonderer
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Ah, but whose prayers are to be credited for this miraculous outcome?

    • Paul W.
      Posted October 20, 2010 at 10:23 am | Permalink

      It wasn’t prayer.

      Apparently somebody somewhere didn’t masturbate, and God didn’t kill a kitten.

    • Posted October 20, 2010 at 11:14 am | Permalink

      My sympathies lie with the kitteh, but the Lord Cthulhu will not be pleased to have been robbed of His sacrifice.

      I fear for Australia.

  10. MosesZD
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Five hours? None of those guys ever remodeled a house…

    Twenty-minutes, tops. And ten of it to find the saws, crawl under the house and open the cleaning-trap to figure out where the kitten is in the pipe…

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