Three kittens stuck in an unlikely place in Redwood City were rescued on Monday by animal rescue officers from the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA.
The Humane Society received a call from an unidentified person saying that meowing could be heard inside an axle support arm of a boom lift parked at the corner of Arguello Street and Brewster Avenue, said spokeswoman Buffy Martin-Tarbox.
When the officers arrived at about 12:30 p.m., they found a masking-tape arrow taped on the side of the big machine, with “Kittens?” written on it.
A boom lift is a four-wheeled vehicle with a basket on the end of a telescopic arm that can lift workers high into the air for maintenance or construction.
The kittens were trapped inside the boom lift and couldn’t be seen, just heard. The officers used a portable inspection camera to peer inside the machine, finding three trapped kittens.
Humane Society Officer Kelly Holscher crawled under the boom lift, then put an arm up inside, using a modified bird net to capture the kittens, one by one, while being guided by Officer Jacky Jones, who watched her progress on the camera’s video screen.
It took nearly an hour to get all three kittens out, said Martin-Tarbox.
A search was made for the mother cat, but she was not found.
Other than being dehydrated, all three kittens were alert and in good condition, said Martin-Tarbox. They were taken to the Humane Society’s Kitten Nursery in Burlingame for a veterinary checkup and treatment. Veterinary staff surmised the kittens may have been trapped in the boom lift for a few days.
The three kittens, named John, Wendy and Peter by Humane Society staff, will be cared for at the Kitten Nursery until they weigh two pounds, then they will be placed for adoption at PHS/SPCA adoption center in Burlingame
Martin-Tarbox said the Humane Society bought the inspection camera several years ago to assist with animals stuck in walls, pipes or car engines. It has saved the lives of 10 animals, including the three kittens.