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This Kitten Was Trapped Between A Building In Unbearable Heat – Until An Unlikely Rescuer Found Him

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In the summer of 2016, it seemed that the whole world was talking about the cellphone game Pokémon Go. And, while the augmented reality game certainly divided opinion, there’s no denying that it had its positives. In a bid to “catch ‘em all,” players on a quest to collect cute creatures were exploring their local neighborhoods and making all kinds of discoveries  – not least of all one real-life little kitten in desperate need of help.
Image: Google Maps
Image: Google Maps
One fan of the game was reddit and imgur user Joelalmeidaptg. One hot summer’s day, the gamer was out scouring the streets of his hometown in Portalegre, Portugal, in search for all the Pokémon that he could find. Even the 100ºF heat couldn’t put him off his quest.
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Image: imgur/Joelalmeidaptg6d
However, something did stop Joelalmeidaptg in his tracks that day. As he was walking along the blistering streets, the student heard a strange noise. At first he thought that it might be a bird, but there weren’t any around.
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Image: imgur/Joelalmeidaptg6d
Intrigued, Joelalmeidaptg decided to investigate. That’s when he made an awful discovery. There, wedged between an electrical post and the wall of a building was a tiny kitten. The little animal was so weak that it could barely muster up the strength to cry out for help.
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Image: imgur/Joelalmeidaptg6d
“It was hanging only by his head,” Joelalmeidaptg wrote in a January 2017 imgur post. “We have no idea how the hell did it get in that situation. It must have been there for a long time, since it barely had energy to cry. Its mouth was open wide; it did not close it. I only knew it was alive by its cry for help.”
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Image: imgur/Joelalmeidaptg6d
The ginger kitten needed help – and soon. The scorching heat was pounding down on the helpless animal, who could do nothing to escape. If left there much longer, he would surely die. So, without a moment to lose, Joelalmeidaptg phoned the fire service. They quickly arrived on the scene.
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Image: imgur/Joelalmeidaptg6d
However, when the emergency services got there, the kitten had fallen silent. Although they feared that the cat had already died, the team decided to prod the lifeless body with a stick – just to be sure. Thankfully, the baby managed to let out a cry to tell his would-be rescuers that he was in fact alive.
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Image: imgur/Joelalmeidaptg6d
Now the firemen set to work on trying to free the stuck animal. First, they tried using oil and a stick to prize the kitten out, but he was well and truly stuck. The rescue team was then left with little choice but to attempt to move the electrical box and free the cat.
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Image: imgur/Joelalmeidaptg6d
After getting permission from the local police, the firemen cordoned off the scene. The operation, however, was not going to be straightforward, as there was a risk that they could cause an electrical explosion if any error was made. But despite their tools, expertise and best efforts, the team simply couldn’t budge the post.
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Image: imgur/Joelalmeidaptg6d
The team were now becoming so desperate that they decided to call the company which owned the electrical box. After a half-hour wait an employee arrived, but having opened up the post, he discovered there was nothing he could do to move the box from the inside. With no other options left, the firemen decided to give their tools another try.
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Image: imgur/Joelalmeidaptg6d
Finally, just as the sun was setting, the firemen managed to break the kitten free. “The fireman stood in that place with [100ºF heat] for three HOURS to save a cat’s life,” Joelalmeidaptg wrote on imgur. “I’m so glad I had the luck of having these firemen to help. Some other type of people might not be willing to do it and just let the cat die.”
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Image: imgur/Joelalmeidaptg6d
The question now was what to do with the little kitten. Joelalmeidaptg’s mom agreed to take the animal home for one night before taking him to a shelter. And it’s safe to say that the family weren’t exactly head-over-heels about their new furry friend. “It wasn’t friendly AT ALL,” explained Joelalmeidaptg. Indeed, the Pokémon Go fan went on to say, “It hissed at us if we tried to approach it… it looked like a mad rat.” Hostilities aside, though, the family nevertheless came upon a name for the creature, as Joelalmeidaptg elaborated, “My father started calling it Spock because of those big ears.”
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Image: imgur/Joelalmeidaptg6d
And despite his prickly demeanor, the family did everything they could to care for the little kitten. They bathed him, fed him milk with a syringe and Joelalmeidaptg’s mother even picked out Spock’s numerous fleas. Eventually, they became so attached to the little cat that they decided against sending him to a shelter.
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Image: imgur/Joelalmeidaptg6d
Four months on from his rescue, and Spock was completely unrecognizable. The orange fur ball had now grown into his unique ears and according to Joelalmeidaptg, he was “The most beautiful cat [they had] ever seen.”
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Image: imgur/Joelalmeidaptg6d
And, although the cat had initially been wary of his new human housemates, Spock got on swimmingly with the family’s other two cats and pet dog. So, given his dislike of people, Joelalmeidaptg’s mom and dad left the feline to his own devices when the gamer was away at college.
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Image: imgur/Joelalmeidaptg6d
As Joelalmeidaptg explained, “My parents don’t care much about him. They have other stuff to do than try to tame a feral cat.” So, on returning home from studying, Joelalmeidaptg decided to start socializing Spock properly.
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Image: imgur/Joelalmeidaptg6d
Finally, over the 2016 Christmas holidays, Joelalmeidaptg made a breakthrough. Spock agreed to be petted. And what’s more, he apparently enjoyed it. “It took a LONG TIME to make him trust me,” Joelalmeidaptg revealed on imgur. “Right now I can say that I’m the only person in this house to pet Spock.”
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Image: imgur/Joelalmeidaptg6d
“I fell in love with this cat. He is SO BEAUTIFUL. Look at his pink paws,” he went on to gush. However, it seemed little Spock had a naughty side. “Now he won’t stop trying to rob my pens away while I study in my bed. And he also has some kind of unhealthy desire to steal socks.”
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Image: imgur/Joelalmeidaptg6d
However, despite his mischievous nature, Joelalmeidaptg and his family are smitten with their little kitten. As Joelalmeidaptg concisely summarized on imgur, “Found a dying cat while playing Pokémon Go, saved him, he was ugly, turned out to be beautiful, I’m in love with him.”
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Image: imgur/Joelalmeidaptg6d
Joelalmeidaptg and Spock’s amazing story has since gone viral. In less than a week, photographs of the kitten’s predicament and subsequent rescue have been viewed more than 450,000 times on imgur. And it’s not hard to see why. Their tale shows amazing kindness and dedication, while little Spock is surely the most precious thing anyone has found while playing Pokémon Go.

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