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Birmingham 'cat whisperer' rescues 15th trapped pet in a year

Cat under the floorboard Image copyright Darran Gough
Image caption Darran Gough's 15th cat rescue of the year was stuck beneath a bath

A firefighter has been nicknamed "the cat whisperer" because he has rescued so many pets.

Darran Gough freed his 15th cat in 12 months on Monday, after it got stuck under a bath at its home in Birmingham.

The pet was scared and had been moved to the property in Moseley just hours earlier, the fire service said.

Mr Gough, from Billesley Community Fire Station, said recent cat rescues included one trapped behind a toilet and another in a sewer pipe.

He said he had rescued a number of cats who had become scared "within 24 hours" of their arrival at new homes.

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Image caption The cat after being rescued at its new home in Moseley

He said of the latest rescue: "It's my 15th cat within 12 months, I am being called the cat whisperer."

On Monday, a camera was put behind the bath so fire crews could monitor the cat's progress as they worked to make a hole for him to escape. They then waited in another room until the cat made his way out.

Other rescues have included releasing pets from sewer pipes and one that was trapped behind a toilet.

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Image caption This kitty was probably happy to be put in his basket after somehow getting trapped behind a toilet

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