A tiny three-week old kitten was rescued from the Abe Lincoln statue at the President’s Hall of Fame in Clermont, Fla., on Nov. 18, according to Orlando’s Local 6 News. Daniel Davis of the Humane Society heard the little kitten’s cries for help, but had no idea how he got into the statue. Davis said that he’d heard there was a hole at the top of the statue, but didn’t know how so young a kitten would get up there.
The kitten was stuck in the statue for three days, while his cries grew weak. Firefighters cut a hole in the statue, and Robert Seigworth used the hole to get inside the statue and rescue the kitten, which was carefully brought out and bottle-fed.
Kittens at this age are generally just getting their sense of adventure and independence under them, and can get very curious about their surroundings. They’re learning to play, tussle, run, jump, and yes, climb, at right about the three-week mark. It can be both a fun and dangerous time for them; as their natural kitten-curiosity gets the better of them they can, and do, get into places they shouldn’t.
It’s clear on parts of the video that the surface of the stature isn’t so smooth that a kitten can’t grab hold of it; there are places for its tiny, needle-sharp claws to grab onto. Kittens who are that curious can use small hops from horizontal surfaces to aid in getting up onto something or over an obstacle. While it is highly unlikely that this kitten climbed all the way to the top of the statue and then fell inside, there is that remote possibility.
It is also possible, and far more likely, that the kitten found its way into a very small gap in the statue somewhere nearer the ground. Even adult cats can squeeze themselves into very tight spaces due to the fact that their backs are extremely flexible, and their collarbones aren’t attached to anything but muscle. This makes it so they can get into very tight spaces without hurting themselves. The fact that a hole or gap might appear too small for a cat to get into doesn’t mean that it is.
Unfortunately, this can also mean they can’t get back out. This kitten may not have been able to climb back up to the space it initially got through from the inside of the statue, or maybe it couldn’t orient itself properly to squeeze through from the inside the way it could from the outside.
The kitten was named Abe after the statue, and while being hungry and dehydrated after its ordeal, is being nursed back to health by a local vet. The curator of the President’s Hall of Fame is hoping to adopt him.