Sunday Cats: Brave Woman Rescues Kitten From Sewer Pipe, Fortnite Copies Buddy

When volunteers in Elkhart, Indiana, went to trap a mom and her kittens near an industrial site, one of the babies panicked and ran straight into a hole, taking a tumble into a drainage pipe beneath.

The rescuers from a non-profit TNR group called Catsnip didn’t give up on the four-week-old baby even after finding her proved to be much more difficult than they imagined. They called off the search in Elkhart — about 160 miles north of Indianapolis — the first night when it was too dark to keep working. They dropped food for the scared fluffball, whom they could hear but still could not locate in the dark, tight subterranean space.

The next morning they were back at it, trying to literally flush the kitten out before a volunteer named Ashley descended via a manhole 75 feet from the spot where the kitten had fallen in.

The entire saga took about 48 hours and hinged on Ashley who, because of her small size, was able to squeeze into a pipe and crawl 30 feet to the terrified baby cat — then had to crawl out backwards the way she came while cradling the little one.

Mom and kittens
Piper was reunited with her mom and littermates after the rescue. Credit: Catsnip

It was worth it for the volunteers, who named the kitten Piper in honor of her adventure, gave her fluids and formula from a dropper, then reunited her with her mom. Read about the whole encounter at The Dodo. (And serious props to Ashley! Just thinking about what she had to do makes me shudder. Cats may love tight spaces, but most humans do not.)

Hey! That’s Buddy’s MO!

As gamers who generally prefer more depth, the Buddies never got on the Fortnite bandwagon, so we weren’t aware that Fortnite has a character named Meowscles until encountering this article from Cracked.

Fortnite's Meowscles
Meowscles has a Buddesian physique. Credit: Epic Games

As you can see, Meowscles was clearly inspired by Bud, who is known for his incredibly ripped physique and totally isn’t a bit chubby. (“That’s all muscle, not fat!” Buddy insists.)

Fortnite is a battle royale-style game in which up to 100 players compete against each other in live matches. The game is free-to-play, with developer Epic Games making its money by selling cosmetic items as microtransactions. Meowscles is one of about 1,400 different “outfits” players can purchase to customize their characters.

The game has been a monumental success for Epic, earning billions and leading the company to launch the Epic Games Store, the first serious competitor to Steam, which has been the dominant platform for PC gamers for years. Epic has been so flush with cash that’s it’s been giving away free games every week to lure customers away from Steam, even upping the freebies to a new game every day during the holidays.

Cat and Owner Costume Contest?!?

In Massachusetts, the Cat Fancier’s Association held its ninth annual cat and owner costume contest on Sunday. Unfortunately, the only story we can find about the event comes from the local public radio affiliate, so there’s not much in terms of photos.

If you were going to enter such a contest with your cat, what costumes would you and your fluffy overlord wear?

I’m thinking maybe I’d be a Targaryen with Bud as a baby dragon perched on my shoulder in honor of Game of Thrones/House of the Dragon. But that might offend little dude, who tends to think of himself as a hulking tiger. Perhaps the easier and more realistic “costume” would be Bud dressed as a king, snug in his own little carrier designed to look like a royal palanquin, with me carrying the palanquin as his dutiful servant. Thus, art imitates life.

Cat and Owner Costume Contest
“I put on my wizard hat and robe…” Credit: WBZ

14 thoughts on “Sunday Cats: Brave Woman Rescues Kitten From Sewer Pipe, Fortnite Copies Buddy”

  1. I absolutely love this story. I applaud this little lady for going down this narrow space to save this furry little kitty. It’s MHO she’s extra special in every way! Catsnip is just amazing. It’s not everyday people would go to those lengths to save a fur ball but I’m so grateful that they did. In a separate note. Best to Buddy & Big Buddy & family. This blog is my little place to chill for a few minutes & turn off everything but my, “Catness Vibes” time & I enjoy it more than words can tell ;*) So tyvm today & everyday ❀️ πŸˆβ€β¬›πŸΎπŸΎ

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    1. Buddy and I appreciate your kind words, Deborah. Bud has very high standards and often reminds me that he can have me replaced at any time if he feels the content on his site isn’t up to par.

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  2. I live in MA and hadn’t heard of the costume contest, but then again I never read the local news. Holly and I would have gone in 1950’s attire. A little poodle skirt for her. Unfortunately, she won’t let me put little glasses on her or anything on her head like my late cat Chelsea used to. MOL!

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  3. **applause appaluse** for Miss Ashley!! You are amazin!
    An look at wee Piper..such a cutie!
    Mumma you are onna ahve yore pawss full. Wee hope youss’ all will thrive an bee abell to enjoy your life now….
    An Buddy wee were oin to meow to you ’bout Meowscless….butt you beet mee two it!! Wee LOvVE watchin our frendss play “Fork Knife” on Twitch, mew mew mew…. Wee know it iss “Fort Nite”; wee just love to bee silly….
    ***purrss*** BellaDharma an **giggellss** BellaSita Mum

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