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Kitten rescued by vacuum cleaner

The kitten and its owner Claire Coutts
Firefighters used a vacuum cleaner to suck the kitten out of its hiding place

Firefighters have used a vacuum cleaner with a sock on the end of the nozzle to rescue a six-hour-old kitten which had become trapped down a drain.

The fire crew was called to a house in Dunbar, East Lothian, in the early hours of Monday.

It is thought its mother had climbed behind the kitchen sink to give birth.

Rescuers used a vibrascope camera to locate the kitten, owned by Claire Coutts, before using the vacuum cleaner to pull it to safety.

Firefighters demonstrate how they rescued the kitten

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