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Team effort rescues kitten

It wasn’t a cat in a tree, but a kitten in a storm drain that needed a team effort by several Whiteville departments Tuesday.

Whiteville Animal Control Officer Darryl Hooker was called to Lee Street across from Whiteville High School to investigate a kitten in a storm drain. It’s not known how the approximately two month old calico  ended up in the drain, but she was out of reach and could not be coaxed out.

Animal Control Officer Darryl Hooker goes into the storm drain to save a calico kitten Tuesday. Fire Marshall Hal Lowder is standing by to relay the kitten to the surface, with Travis Faulk and Mark Coleman of the city’s Public Works Department.

Hooker called on other city departments for assistance, and with the help of Public Works, the City Fire Marshall’s office, and Whiteville Police, the grate was lifted off the drain and the kitten rescued.

Check back with nrcolumbus.com for more on this story, and see Friday’s print edition of the News Reporter.

Hooker with the frightened, but safe kitten after Tuesday’s rescue.

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