'Miracle' moggy unscathed after passing through industrial machinery at Rainham plant
PUBLISHED: 11:02 05 June 2015 | UPDATED: 15:07 05 June 2015
A "miracle" moggy has used up one of his nine lives by passing through industrial machinery on a conveyor belt - and coming out unscathed.
Daniel Coker, site supervisor at a recycling plant in Rainham, heard distressing miaows coming from inside heavy-duty machinery which separates rubbish.
In scenes more accustomed to a James Bond film than an east London warehouse, a panicked Daniel could do nothing but wait.
After a brief “paws”, he was relieved to see the kitten pop out the other side.
“I can’t quite believe he survived,” he said. “What a lucky escape. The machinery was pretty heavy duty so it was quite some miracle.
“There was nothing I could do when I heard the cat’s cries from inside, but then he popped out the other end on the conveyor belt in between blocks of metal - stressed but unhurt.”
Daniel scooped up the scaredy cat, subsequently named Stig – after Stig of the Dump – and gave him some comfort, before calling the RSPCA, who took care of him and are now hoping to find him a home.
Deborah Satchell, manager at Danaher Animal Home in Essex, where Stig is being kept, said: “It is hard to say exactly how Stig ended up in that recycling plant. He could have climbed into the bin and curled up to sleep, which was then gone unnoticed by the bin men.
“The important thing is that he wasn’t hurt, and this kind man spotted him, cared for him, and called us.
“Stig is a little anxious for obvious reasons but is doing well, and we hope we can find him a happy new home soon.”
Anyone keen to rehome Stig should contact Danaher Animal Home on 0300 111 4321 or visit rspcaessex.org.uk to see other similar cats and dogs looking for a new home.
To donate to the RSPCA, you can give £3 now by texting HELP to 78866 (text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).