NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY - It's been a speedy recovery for one small kitten, stuck in a drain pipe several feet underground for at least 30 hours.
The feline was trapped in a runoff drain at a Rite Aid Pharmacy in New Bern, before it was rescued on July 5. NewsChannel 12 learned on Tuesday that Angela Aldridge, the woman who found the kitten, has named it "Stormy." The cat has had her first set of shots and is FIV negative, according to Jennifer Johnson, who helped rescue the animal.
"She is developing a personality and gets along great with her siblings," Johnson wrote in an email.
It all started at about 11 a.m. on July 4, when Aldridge heard Stormy meowing from the drain pipe in the Rite Aid Pharmacy's parking lot, located at 3500 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Crews with the City of New Bern initially broke the concrete around the runoff drain, but could not pull the kitten out.
On June 5, Animal Control Officer J. Sutton and a crew from a sewage company arrived at the scene. The team worked for about an hour, and using a pole with a camera attached to one end, they were able to extract the kitten from the runoff drain at about 5:30 p.m.
Witnesses said they had no idea how the animal became stuck in the first place.