A pet hamster stuck in a tiny pipe for almost a week finally managed to escape thanks to a miniature handmade ladder built by an RSPCA officer.
Jamie the hamster was being looked after by a friend of his owner when he managed to get trapped down a 10cm-wide water pipes.
The pet rodent became wedged in a tiny 4cm-wide gap (1.5 inches) in between the water pipes, and his petsitter was unable to get him out.
After six days of failed rescue attempts and dropping food down the pipe for Jamie, animal welfare charity RSPCA was finally called to the house in Bridgwater, Somerset – and animal welfare officer Alison Sparkes leapt to the rescue with a tiny handcrafted ladder, one-meter-long cut some from old wire mesh.
And sure enough, the trapped pet managed to clamber up the ladder to safety.
Alison said: “Jamie was being looking after by a friend of his owner when he escaped and went down a 10cm-wide pipe that housed the water pipes.
“This vertical pipe was one-meter-deep.
“The gap between the water pipes he squeezed through was about 4cm wide and was impossible to look down the pipe due to the pipes inside it.
“They’d dropped a piece of thin rope down hoping he would climb up but after six days, still no luck so they called us.”
Alison added: “We knew he was ok as they’d been dropping food down and could hear him eating.
“So I went home and cut a one-meter-long ladder (pictured) from some old wire mesh, then went back, fitted it in the pipe and that night he emerged. Very thirsty, but ok.”
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