Ding dong bell: Kitten rescued after 3 days in well
Residents of Sathewadi at Kalyan (W) witnessed an adaptation of the nursery
rhyme Ding Dong Dell, Pussy�s In The Well on Wednesday evening.
The cat-friendly neighbourhood normally has stray cats of all ages trotting
around the place, but on Sunday evening, a 4-month-old kitten caused a lot
of panic after she fell into a 60-deep-dry well.
After trying to rescue her for three days, residents of the area finally
called the fire brigade and animal rights organisation Plant and Animal
Welfare Society (PAWS) for help.
An operation to rescue the young feline lasted two hours. Miraculously, the
kitten survived the entire ordeal, without so much as a scratch or losing a
whisker. Residents say they didn�t have a choice but to then name her
*Who welled the cat?*
A resident of Durga apartments in Sathewadi said Lucky was trying to run
away from some dogs on Sunday evening when she jumped onto the peripheral
wall of the well. Not being nimble enough to balance on the narrow wall,
the kitten fell right in.
�We assumed she would find her way out, and waited for some time,� said
Seema Mane, a resident of Durga apartments, who fed Lucky every day. �When
she didn�t come out, we called the local corporation and whoever we could
think of for help, but nobody responded.� She added that she kept throwing
pieces of chappati inside, so the kitten didn�t starve.
As days went by, however, residents grew more and more concerned. On
Wednesday, one of them finally called Nilesh Bhanage, founder of PAWS, who
told them to immediately call the fire brigade.
�When they called me, I was shocked that the kitten had been inside the
well for so long, and the residents had not taken more concrete action
sooner,� said Bhanage. �I called officials of the fire brigade and told
them we could plan a joint rescue operation, since we have a lot of
experience in dealing with animals.�
The teams reached the area around 3 pm. The immediate setback was that the
ladder the fire brigade brought was only 30 feet long.
�Thus we got ropes and tied a cradle to it, so we could send someone into
the well,� said Bhanage. �PAWS volunteer and engineering student Mandar
Sawant sat in it and was lowered into the well, followed by fireman
On reaching the bottom of the well, however, they realised the scared
kitten had entered a small cavity, and was too afraid to come out. �Even
though we cajoled her, and dug around the cavity for 30 minutes, we
couldn�t reach her,� said Sawant. �We even offered her fish but she refused
to come out. I finally entered the tiny cavity myself, got her out and put
her into a basket. Everyone cheered as she was pulled out of the well.�
Fire officer Dilip Palave said they were happy they could save a life.
�The only obvious name that came to our minds was �Lucky� as she survived
the fall, and that too without an injury. We handed the kitten over Seema
Mane, who took her home,� said Bhanage.
�I immediately gave her milk and bread and Lucky lapped it all up,� said
Mane. �She seems overwhelmed by the attention right now, but I�m sure
she�ll be back to normal very soon.�
Meanwhile, officer bearer of the apartments� association said the open well
was a risk, not only to other cats but to children in the area as well. �We
will soon put a net over the mouth of the well, to make it safe,� he said.
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Top: Fire official Koli being lowered into the well. Above: Koli and PAWS
volunteer Sawant dig the wall to get Lucky out of a cavity she was sitting
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