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Newborn kittens rescued from being trapped in drain

The fire brigade were called to the rescue of four one-day-old kittens who got stuck down a drain in Essex.

The RSPCA assisted the rescue of three black and white kittens, and one tabby, on Wednesday morning in St John’s Avenue in Braintree.

The mum had given birth to the kittens almost instantly before they had got stuck. Credit: RSPCA

It is thought the mum gave birth to the three of them moments before they fell down a four inch hole around a water pipe in the kitchen.

After about half an hour of being called, the fire service managed to free the kittens and the RSPCA were on the scene to check on the animals' welfare.

The pets have since been cared for by a vet and are said to be doing well.

Caroline Richardson. Credit: RSPCA

RSPCA inspector Caroline Richardson said:

These gorgeous little animals are so tiny that they fell down this four inch hole and couldn’t make their way out.

The fire brigade were incredible in this rescue - I have never seen anything like it. They had to break pipes, and totally smash up the concrete floor, in order to reach the kittens.

We got there just in time I think. The little kittens were frozen sitting in cold sludge.

– Caroline Richardson

"Another half an hour, and I think they would have died. They were just too young to survive such conditions," she added.