FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Several neighbors say they heard strange noises coming from a manhole in a Fort Worth neighborhood, but it took a 10-year-old boy’s curiosity to investigate it and get a trapped kitten out of the gutter.
Heith Housewright was trying to deter boredom and was riding around on his bike when he heard noise coming from a manhole.
Like any curious 10 year old would, he stopped to investigate. He opened the manhole and saw a kitten staring back up at him. “I went to go reach for it and it went in there and it started making all that noise again,” he said.
He went as far as jumping into the manhole, hoping the kitten would run into his hands and he could save it.
But the scared kitten simply ran further into the tunnel.
When he couldn’t rescue the kitten himself, Housewright went to a neighbor’s house to call for help.
He asked his neighbor, known only as Darryl, to call the police because, “there’s a baby cat stuck in a manhole.”
Darryl obliged, but not before the pair tried again to rescue the kitten.
The scared cat would not come out. A Fort Worth police officer showed up and called Animal Control officers. Curious neighbors watched as 3 animal control officers went into 2 manholes, crawling inside to rescue the screaming kitten.
Housewright looked on, making sure the stranded kitten would be saved.
When asked why he didn’t just leave the kitten there, the 10 year old replied, “That’s not what I do. I’m not one of those people who can leave an animal there.”
The kitten traveled about 100 yards in the underground tunnel, with an animal control officer following her, before they both escaped out of a tunnel that ended in a shallow creek.
The female kitten was in good condition when they finally coaxed her out. Housewright shuddered to think what would have happened to her had he not called the police. “I think it would have suffered and died without anybody knowing,” he said.
Instead, he’s being called a hero and a junior police officer. Fort Worth police gave Housewright a junior police officer badge for his good work. “I feel good,” said Housewright.