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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 March 2007, 12:24 GMT
Trapped hamster saved by vacuum
A hamster
Rescuers tied hamster ladders together but failed to reach Henry
A hamster trapped in a kitchen pipe was eventually rescued by being sucked up on the end of a vacuum cleaner.

Henry got stuck in a pipe measuring almost 4in (10cm) wide and 4ft (1.2m) deep at a house in Tamworth, Staffordshire.

After the RSPCA failed to reach him, help was sought from two council wardens who tied a number of hamster ladders and Curly Wurly bars together.

Finally, a narrow attachment on the vacuum was used to retrieve him.

He was unharmed apart from worn down nails.

A statement from Tamworth Borough Council said the owner's son was terrified of Henry so the wardens found him a new home and also paid the vet's bill.

It continued: "Henry is now safe and sound and has been given a good home by the council's customer services manager who has adopted him for her son."


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