The hamster-retrieval gadget
A household, from Stanton Shut, Ossett, had spent 24 hours attempting to rescue Theo, after the hamster by some means managed to lodge itself two-metres down a plastic conduit pipe beneath the kitchen sink.
When Ossett Blue Watch arrived on the scene at round 2pm on Wednesday (June 9), they first tried to get to the pipe by digging within the backyard – however shortly discovered that the pipe was not accessible from outdoors the home.
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They then consulted the architects who constructed the home, and – alongside Cleckheaton Technical Rescue – formulated a plan to retrieve the wayward hamster.
The staff initially tried to entry the pipe externally.
Utilizing drain rods, a small endoscopic digital camera borrowed from a neighbour, and a toddler’s fishing web, they have been in a position to get a visible of Theo – who was caught roughly two metres down the pipe.
They may additionally see the hamster may use the web to climb – however was unable to cling on lengthy sufficient to be rescued.
After regrouping, the staff got here up with a really progressive thought to get Theo again on terra firma.
They fastened a balloon to a small plastic hose from the firefighters’ oxygen remedy masks, after which affixed the contraption to a rod. A digital camera, some hamster meals, and netting have been then added to the gadget.
The staff have been in a position to get a visible of the hamster
The rod was fed down the tube previous the hamster, and the balloon inflated beneath the animal in order that it might be lifted out.
Nonetheless, Theo foiled the primary couple of makes an attempt at his rescue.
Damian Cameron, Technical Rescue Group Chief, mentioned: “The hamster began to chew the balloon and popped it.
“This occurred twice, so the third time we put the balloon inside two medical gloves to offer it some safety.”
Theo the wayward hamster
“This time it labored, and we have been in a position to slowly raise the rods out while a firefighter consistently stored blowing on the hose to maintain the balloon inflated.”
Round two and a half hours after the request for help got here in and after “a lot of persistence,” Theo was again together with his household.
Mr Cameron mentioned: “It was a mixed effort with a great deal of concepts coming ahead and a by no means hand over perspective from the crews, we have been blissful to assist and the Technical Rescue Unit was out there all through if one other extra severe incident had occurred.”