Lucky ferret rescued from waste pipe

The RSPCA and fire brigade rescued a ferret from a waste pipe two-storeys high.

A fearless ferret who got herself stuck in a waste pip at the top of a two-storey building was rescued by the RSPCA and fire services.

The female ferret, now named Lucky by the RSPCA, was found with her head poking out of the top of the pipe in Bishop Auckland, County Durham on 9 April.

The RSPCA was contacted by the homeowner when she was alerted to the ferrets’ plight by her cat.

Inspector Kaye Smith said: “The caller heard scuffling noises when she went in to the bathroom and her cat was going crackers there. When she went outside, she spotted the ferret’s head just peeking out of the waste pipe two-storeys up.

“We have no idea how the ferret got there or where she had come from. We were worried about her being so high up and the crows were also very interested in her. I contacted the fire brigade for assistance and they were kindly used their ladder and climbed up to retrieve Lucky.

“Amazingly, she is perfectly healthy and has no injuries. In fact, she was clean and dry as well which is a bit of a mystery as she was in a waste pipe. She’s stayed with me at home overnight and then she will go to a ferret rescue for seven days. If an owner does not come forward in that time she will be rehomed.”

If you have lost a ferret and believe this could be your pet, please contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.