Janelle Beattie and Emma Klos with the two cats rescued from the walls of the Clarke and Robertson clinic. Photo: Rob Williams
Janelle Beattie and Emma Klos with the two cats rescued from the walls of the Clarke and Robertson clinic. Photo: Rob Williams

Kittens survive calamity

TWO curious kittens were plucked from a precarious position within the walls of an Ipswich radiology clinic yesterday.

While some staff at the Clarke and Robertson Radiology Clinic on Pring St may have been referred to as “crazy cat ladies”, it was all within reason.

Raising the alarm on Tuesday afternoon was radiographer Emma Klos, who was positive she could hear intermittent meows coming from inside the walls.

Working the night shift, Mrs Klos called her husband Mitchell, who confirmed she wasn't crazy when he too heard the cries for help.

“I think everyone thought I was a bit crazy at first,” Mrs Klos said.

“We were on the ladder looking in the roof trying to find them, but we couldn't see a thing.

“We had no idea how many were in there because it was only every so often you heard a cry.”

It wasn't until yesterday morning that help could be brought in.

“I rang my boss first thing in the morning and he sent the builder straight in.”

Experienced builder Claude Borean was the man tasked to rescue the kittens – something he has never been asked to do in his career spanning 26 years.

About 15 minutes into the rescue operation a black and white fur ball emerged.

But the relief was short-lived with more cries coming from inside the wall adjoining the ultrasound rooms.

Twenty minutes and several holes later, a ginger and white kitten was plucked from the wall cavity. Clinic staff were then left to negotiate who would take care of the kittens.

They were rumours staff would name the cute little critters Clarke and Robertson.



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