A rescuer went to heroic lengths to rescue a tiny kitten from a drain pipe as rain fell and water was rising.
Dorella Tuckwiller, the founder of Itty Bitty Kitty Committee rescue group in Charleston, West Virginia, crawled head-first into a storm drain pipe, immersing herself in the water to save the weeks-old kitten from drowning.
Residents heard three kittens crying in the pipe. One was taken to safety by its mother, and one unfortunately drowned. Volunteers tried to coax the last kitten out but she continued evading rescuers and headed towards the other end of the pipe, which was covered by a gate.
Firefighters helped pump water out of the ditch during the rescue.
As the water slowly receded, Tuckwiller dived into the drain pipe to retrieve the barely breathing kitten once there was enough of an air bubble.