2003-10-16 22:51:17 UTC
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British Cat Saves Lamb from Drowning
by Sherry Morse
A lamb who escaped recently from his pasture in England was saved from drowning
in a swimming pool
by an alert cat.
Puss Puss, a black and white cat, discovered the lamb's predicament and
frantically meowed, running
back and forth between the pool and the garden where her owners were working,
to alert them to his
Puss Puss's owners, gardeners Adrian Bunton and Karen Lewis, had taken her
along with them to work
at the garden of Cotswold District Council chairman Tim Royle in Icomb,
Jill Royle said, "She was in a very, very agitated state, meowing and calling
and crying and being
an utter pest and dashing back and forward between them and the pool."
"They found the lamb in the swimming pool," Royle said. "They got it out and
it was OK."
When Bunton and Lewis found the lamb he was under the pool cover and his head
was entangled in the
pool cover straps, which actually were keeping him from drowning.
Bunton jumped into the pool to rescue the lamb while Lewis went to get help.
Puss Puss is "a real little superstar," said Lewis. The actions of the
quick-thinking feline are all
the more remarkable because she is disabled.
"As a kitten she had an accident and had to have her tail amputated, " Lewis
explained. "She hasn't
grown properly, has arthritis and can't curl up, jump or climb like other
Mrs. Royle wrote about the incident in the village newsletter and told readers,
"If you see a little
black cat with no tail walking in Icomb, it will be gallant Puss Puss, who
deserves a medal."
Neither Royle nor Puss Puss's owners knew how the Jacob lamb had escaped from
the field next to the
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