A CAT used one of its nine lives after falling down a well in its owner’s garden.
Firefighters rescued the young cat at a house on Bradley Road, Bradley, just after 9.30am yesterday.
The problem began when the pet was sitting in the garden when its owners arrived home in their car.
The noise scared the cat, which ran away, jumped over a wall and fell through a gap in a grate which was placed over the well.
It landed on a stone lintel 15ft down the 35ft well.
A crew from Huddersfield fire station was called.
At first firefighters lowered a bucket with meat inside down the well, hoping the cat could climb in and be pulled up.
But it would not, so they eventually lowered a ladder on to the lintel and coaxed the cat to climb up to safety.
Acting Crew Manager Daryl Schofield said: “The cat was lucky the lintel was there because it would have been a long drop.
“It was fine when we got it out.”
A member of the crew, firefighter Will Basnett, was involved in another unusual cat rescue in August.
He was one of a team who saved four cats from a fire at a block of flats on Fernside Crescent in Almondbury.
The cats needed oxygen after inhaling toxic smoke from the fire.