Cat stuck in letterbox at Singapore apartment rescued


The cat was eventually rescued by a SingPost officer.PHOTOS: NURHAYATI HASHIM.

SINGAPORE: A SingPost officer helped to rescue a cat from a locked Housing Board letterbox after a woman was alerted to the trapped animal by the sounds of mewing.

Nurhayati Hashim, 22, was on her way home around 1pm on Friday, when she was startled by a cat mewing from inside a letterbox.

When she pushed the slat, the animal put out its paw, but she found the letterbox at Block 169, Bukit Batok West Avenue 8, locked.

She went to the corresponding unit but the woman who opened the door could not communicate in English.

The woman then called her daughter-in-law, who spoke to Nurhayati over the phone and explained that they did not have the key to the letterbox. The woman was tending the flat for a tenant who was overseas, she added.

Nurhayati called SingPost for help. A SingPost spokesman told ST that an Inspector of Post responded immediately.

He arrived at the scene around 1.30pm, and opened the letterbox to release the black cat.

"The cat was fine when it got out. No injuries were seen," said Nurhayati, who is unemployed.

She posted videos and pictures of her encounter on Facebook, which went viral, with more than 1,800 likes and 3,400 shares.

Nurhayati said she also received a message from someone who wanted to adopt the cat, but she is unsure if she can locate it again.

The SingPost spokesman said this was the first time an animal has been found in a letterbox.

Cat Welfare Society (CWS) executive director Laura Ann Meranda said CWS will be working with the authorities "to verify if there was any deliberate intention to harm the cat by retrieving the closed circuit television footage".

"We appreciate the quick action of the resident and the SingPost officer who acted promptly to help the cat," she said. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 0
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!
   

Next In Regional

King presents letters of appointment to 21 judges
At least 68 killed in Nepal's worst air crash in 30 years (update)
Magnitude 6.2 earthquake hits off west coast of Sumatra, no tsunami alert
Sabah's GRS-led govt collapses after BN withdraws support
Police determining authenticity of daredevil duo's Merdeka 118 video
Batang Kali landslide: Site not listed as critical slope, says Minerals and Geoscience Dept
Batang Kali landslide: 'I will be your son in the next life', says son in touching tribute to late mother
Tommy Thomas insisted that MACC prosecute Shahrir despite incomplete investigation, court told
Batang Kali landslide: We will not shirk responsibility, says campsite operator
Batang Kali landslide: Search temporarily halted due to continuous rain

Others Also Read