Kitten rescued from behind brick wall in Forest Gate

Ken the kitten is thought to be just six to eight-weeks-old and, if his owner does not come forward,

Ken the kitten is thought to be just six to eight-weeks-old and, if his owner does not come forward, will be looking for a new home (Picture: RSPCA) - Credit: Archant

Meet Ken the kitten, named after a firefighter who literally broke bricks to get at him after he became impossibly stuck between a rock and a hard place, paw thing.

Ken the kitten can be seen stuck behind the brick wall

Ken the kitten can be seen stuck behind the brick wall - Credit: RSPCA

The ginger and white cutie pie could be heard crying after becoming trapped in a gap a few inches wide between a brick wall and a shop front in Woodgrange Road, Forest Gate, on Saturday.

RSPCA inspector Kate Ford was called to investigate and was baffled by the noise at first, which seemed to be coming from the solid wall, before bringing in a fire crew to take a further look.

“The firefighters started cutting through the metal [shutter] and there was nothing, so they cut through a wooden panel behind the metal and then they hit brick,” inspector Ford said.

“I squeezed my finger behind one brick and a little paw touched me, I couldn’t believe we’d found a kitten trapped in there.


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“The firefighters broke through the brick and I pulled out a tiny ginger and white kitten. He was dirty and hungry but otherwise OK.

“The gap between the wall and the wooden panel was only a few inches wide, it’s an absolute mystery how he got in there.”

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Ken, thought to be six to eight-weeks old, was taken to RSPCA Harmsworth Memorial Animal Hospital in Finsbury Park, north London, where he was treated for fleas and an eye infection.

Ken is not microchipped and if his owner does not come forward he will be put up for rehoming after he’s been vaccinated.

Anyone who thinks Ken may be their kitten can call the hospital on 0300 1239927. To donate £3 to the RSPCA, text HELP to 78866 (standard network fees apply).

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