One lucky feline is blessed to have six lives left after surviving a horrific impaling by two metal rails in London. Authorities continue to investigate whether the incident was accidental or intentional.
On March 12, SWNS reported that a male ginger and white cat was found painfully positioned and impaled by two eight eight-foot tall railings outside of an unidentified building in the Cricklewood neighborhood by a shocked passerby on around 3:50 a.m. on March 9.
When the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) arrived to make the rescue, they had to call for backup. Deputy Chief Inspector Nicole Broster told the outlet that firefighters rushed over to use car-crash rescue machinery to remove the area of the fence the cat was trapped on.
“When I got there I was incredibly shocked – in all my years with the RSPCA I have never seen anything like it. This poor cat literally had two metal posts protruding through his body,” Broster said. “I was amazed that this lovely affectionate boy was still alive and I knew I had to get him urgent help in order to give him the best chance of survival. I realized that trying to remove him from the railings myself was not a viable option and could have caused him eve more damage.”
Describing the aid of the fire service as “fantastic,” Broster said that the emergency personnel transported the cat to the nearest veterinarian and held up the heavy railings as the vet prepared the cat for emergency surgery.
After operating, the vet found that the fence post had “narrowly missed” the cat’s vital organs as one pole pierced his back leg and a second hit his abdomen, SWNS reports. Recovering well since surgery, RSPCA inspectors have no idea how the cat ended up on the fence posts.
According to the outlet, thecat may have slipped or jumped from a balcony from a nearby apartment building, but nothing is being ruled out. Adding that the cat is not microchipped, Broster continues to investigate.
“He was so brave, continuously purring and nudging me whilst I comforted him despite his horrendous ordeal. The only time he ever cried was if I had to leave him to help with his treatment,” she said.
“It’s an absolute miracle that this cat is alive, and even better, it’s looking like he won’t even have to have the damaged leg amputated. In fact, he is doing so well he’s already up on his feet and walking which is astounding, I can’t quite believe how lucky he is,” she said. “He’s still not out of the woods yet as there’s a risk of infection from where the metal posts were inside his body, but the vets have done an amazing job in saving his life. He’ll be moving to an RSPCA hospital this week for further care.”