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After an ordeal lasting almost five hours, a two-day-old kitten was rescued alive and well, if a bit worse for wear, from a Sydney sewer pipe.

Tuesday morning, Ammie Croft was checking on her cat and noticed that the fourth kitten in a newly born litter was missing. She asked her three-year-old daughter, Alannah, if she had seen the it.

“”I asked Alannah if she knew where he was and she said ‘down the toilet’,” Ammie said. “I didn’t believe it could be true. I thought, ‘she can’t have put the kitten down the toilet’.” But a tiny mew from the pipes confirmed her fears.

I didnt know what else to do, so we rang the fire brigade.”

It wasn’t the first time the mischievous three-year-old had put unusual objects down the toilet, but never before had her habit required eight firemen to save the day.

The firefighters, one of whom is also trained as a plumber, pulled apart the toilet and weaved a camera down the pipe. “[The kitten] was just sitting in the pipe, crying a bit,” fire brigade inspector Tim Fox said.

The rescue team then cobbled together a prodding device covered with rags and used it to push the kitten 10 meters (about 33 feet) to a pipe access point where an officer plucked it to safety almost five hours after the rescue began.

“Kitty cat is back,” Alannah said, hugging the kitten as she thanked the firemen.

The cat has since been named Cain in honor of the rescuer who pulled it out of the pipe.

And little Alannah has promised never to put the cat near the toilet again.

[Sources: Fox Tampa Bay, Sydney Daily Telegraph]