Saturday, October 11, 2008
Cats have nine lives?
"There is a kitten trapped in the ceiling". My mum's words echoed loudly and clearly. I looked at her, and she continued, "We could hear kitten meowing almost daily". Apparently, they tried to get the neighbors help to bring the kitten out. But, things didn't really work the way they planned as the kitten went farther into the inaccessible corner of the roof. I was very sad knowing a life is at stake, and decided to get it out from the roof. I had no choice but to break one of the ceilings to get a glimpse of this kitten. In the beginning as I popped my head into the dark space, I heard nothing. Very quiet. "Ma, I don't see any kitten here. Perhaps, the mother cat has taken it away to a new hideout", I said to my mum.
As I was about to step down from the ladder, suddenly I heard this meowing sound. Using the torch light, I saw two shining eyes staring at me through the small gap between the ceiling and the concrete beam. Yes, it is there. But, there was no proper way to get to it as the concrete beam laid across, blocked whatever little space in that corner.
Somehow, using a long pole, I managed to push the kitten to quite an accessible corner where my hand can squeeze through to grasp the tiny little feet of the kitten. It didn't react. Guess the kitten was extremely exhausted after days without food. We gave him some milk which was fed using a syringe, but he refused to swallow. Then, decided to leave it in a box and placed it in the porch. Felt so sorry for the kitten that I occasionally placed it between my hands and gently stroked it with my fingers. The eyes appeared to be glaring.
But, it died after a few hours. I felt very bad and very sad. The mother cat came after he died. Don't know what to say. It is not just a kitten, but a life....which was wriggling in my hands earlier as I cupped it gently. What can we say? There is an end for everything. We just have to accept the reality. And, life goes on. Hope it will come around one day looking for me.
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