Spelunkers save cat from Brooklyn shaft
Venusaur was stuck in in a narrow opening between two buildings for more than a week.
Nine-year-old Ryan Fanchiotti and his mom, Taryn FitzGerald, had nearly given up hope of finding the boy’s 18-month-old Norwegian forest cat. Venusaur hadn’t come home after being let outside in his Brooklyn neighborhood the day before the Feb. 8 snowstorm that hit the region.
But nearly a week later, a Brooklyn woman heard a cat crying out from a deep, narrow shaft between her building and the one next door, and she knew who to call for help: Met Grotto, a cave exploration group she once belonged to.
Two members of the group, Kay Shriver and Rob Fabiano, made a 90-minute drive from Long Island to rescue the trapped kitty. Shriver lowered herself into the 2-foot-wide space, picked up the cat and brought him back up.
She thinks he fell from a rooftop, 16 to 20 feet to the bottom of the shaft. Venusaur, who seemed unfazed by his ordeal, was returned to his grateful owners, and his veterinarian gave him a clean bill of health.
— Read it at The New York Times
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