Kitten stuck in pipe rescued using shop vac

(Photo/Chesapeake Animal Services)
(Photo/Chesapeake Animal Services)

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – A small kitten in Chesapeake, Virginia was pulled to safety thanks to the help of a shop vac.

On Wednesday, an Animal Control Officer contacted firefighters after noticing a tiny kitten stuck in a pipe. According to officials, the pipe had a 90 degrees bend that made it almost impossible to retrieve the kitten.

Firefighters arrived on scene and used a shop vac to pull the 5-week-old kitten to safety. The kitten, dubbed “Ridgid” after the brand of shop vac that was used to save her, is said to be perfectly healthy.

Ridgid will be available for adoption once she is 7 weeks old. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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