This Cat Rescue No Pipe Dream

Maine Coon rescue makes list of top 5 recoveries of 2008.

Posted: Jan. 6, 2009, 3 a.m. EST

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The rescue of Bud the cat from a storm pipe in West Hanover Township, Pa., made Roto-Rooter’s list of the Top 5 Strangest Drainpipe Recoveries of 2008. The list is compiled by the Cincinnati-based company after surveying its 4,000 field technicians. Bud’s rescue came in at No. 2 this year, the Harrisburg, Pa., Patriot-News reports.

Linda Grudi’s cat, Bud, had been missing for 4 ½ days. She was outside when she heard purring coming from an underground drainpipe that ran 200 feet from her house toward the woods. Neighbors and firefighters tried to retrieve Bud by digging holes but were unsuccessful. A firefighter suggested that Grudi call Roto-Rooter.

When technician Dave Jones ran a fiber-optic camera through the pipe, he discovered the 15-pound, 3-year-old Maine Coon wedged about midway in the pipe. A crew dug down near the spot, cut the pipe and lured Bud out of the pipe with cat treats.

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Mallary    Whitehall, OH

1/12/2009 9:05:43 PM

Oh, I'm so happy that Bud was safely rescued! I would have an accident in my pants if one of my poor cats got trapped in a pipe.

Sheryl    Casa Grande, AZ

1/6/2009 2:28:23 PM

Bud was lucky to be such a loud purrer!

S    3 Oaks, MI

1/6/2009 1:22:32 PM

Lucky Bud! My Maine Coon, Buddy, also has a loud purr, so this was funny how that's how the owner figured out where the kitty was! Kudos to Roto Rooter, too!

Cathy    Hubbard, OH

1/6/2009 10:25:02 AM

I wonder how much this cost the owner? I would have paid, however, to get my kitty back. Great happy story.

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