Unlikely duo rescues kitten stuck in pipe

Published: Jul. 25, 2018 at 12:40 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2018 at 8:40 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Once in a while, people in news go to cover a story and end up becoming part of the story. That happened to our photojournalist Adam Pyle.

He went to check out a report of a kitten stuck in a pipe and soon traded his camera for some rope and rags.

An unusual noise cut through the ticking and whirring of the Missouri street industrial zone. Gail Schimmel heard it right away.

"I get to work over here like I usually do, and I heard the kitten yelling.  I get over here, and it jumped in the pipe," Schimmel said.

A kitten, Schimmel guessed was 6-weeks-old, had slipped down a pipe with a 90-degree bend at the bottom.

She says she left messages with several animal advocacy groups asking for help. She also called our newsroom so we could record the rescue.

The only problem? Six hours later, no one had come except 14 photojournalist Adam Pyle.

"And then, the lady who had originally called came out. She's like, 'It's that pipe,'" Pyle said.

Adam reached for the kitten, but no luck. Then, the two of them lowered a rag on a rope hoping to snag the kitten's claws.

"We tried that, but it didn't work. The cat would stop meowing so we thought we were scaring it."

Then word came real help was on the way. Adam went for his camera when Gail shouted she could see the tail!

"I set the camera down, hit record, reached its tail and just pulled it out," Pyle said. "That was the first time since I had been there that you could actually see it."

An unlikely duo doing good work. The kitten now safe, but still homeless.

Adam brought the little guy to the Vanderburgh Humane Society, where it's policy for every animal to have a name. Adam appropriately named the little guy Piper.

Piper got a checkup. He's in great health. He's getting shots, dewormed, treated for the possibility of fleas, and he'll be up for adoption from the humane society in seven days.

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