Thomas Jefferson gets trapped, soaked on Election Day

Thomas Jefferson gets trapped, soaked on Election Day

A drenched orange kitty aptly named Thomas Jefferson

NASHVILLE — A soaked but fittingly named cat called Thomas Jefferson was rescued on Election Day from a city drain pipe.

Just after 1 p.m. CT, Nashville Fire Department crews responded to a luxury condominium complex after a neighbor heard crying from inside a pipe. Firefighters found a a wet, miserable orange cat stuck and meowing in an underground pipe, fire department spokesman Brian Haas said.

Firefighters discovered that he had climbed into a third-story rain gutter on the condo, fell three stories inside the gutter and got lodged in under ground in the drain pipe.

"The end of the drain pipe was a bit crushed so the cat couldn't get out," Haas said. "We had to go in and dig the pipe out so we could get the cat out."

In about 20 minutes, firefighters freed the Thomas Jefferson, he said. Earlier in the day firefighters were dispatched to find a parrot in a tree, but were less successful in corralling the bird.

A neighbor told firefighters that the ginger cat may have been stuck in the pipe since 6 a.m. He said he didn’t realize it was stuck until he heard the crying in early afternoon.

The cat belongs to Joseph Kline, president of Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in Nashville.

Kline's first words to his cat after the rescue: “What were you thinking?”

The cat, which firefighters dubbed #DRAINPIPEKITTY on Twitter, is expected to dry out and be fine.



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