August 23 2014 Latest news:
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Cats are known for landing on their feet.
But Daisy the short-haired tabby needed a fair bit of good luck too, after surviving death by a whisker.
The fortunate feline is currently the centre of attention at Wangford Veterinary Clinic, where she is being nursed back to health – after being found amid the rubbish at a nearby waste site.
Daisy – as she was named by staff at the clinic – was spotted drinking from a puddle by a worker at Wangford Landfill Site in Hill Road on Tuesday. It is thought she had become trapped in a skip and was tipped out along with the contents when it was emptied, but somehow she escaped injury.
Having survived that ordeal, Daisy was then in danger of being run over by the heavy lorries coming and going from the site, but was found by workers, given some food and taken to the vets’.
After an examination, she was found to be severely dehydrated and close to starvation but, apart from looking rather bedraggled, she appeared to be otherwise unharmed.
The lucky tabby – believed to be about four years old – was placed on a drip to help rehydrate her and has been receiving plenty of fuss from vets and staff at the clinic.
She has not been micro-chipped, meaning Wangford Vets have no way of tracing her owner.
However, veterinary nurse Jill Asquith said Daisy was such a friendly cat that one of the staff would keep her if no one came forward to claim her.
“It looks like she had been in the skip for ages,” she said. “She is ever so thin and emaciated. She couldn’t stand up or anything when she arrived.
“As far as I can gather, it was a deep skip and she must have got stuck in there. She wouldn’t have had anything to drink in there either.
“We are going to keep her here, get her on a drip, feed her and assess what else might be wrong.”
She added: “I don’t think we will be passing her on to anyone. We will keep her here a little while to see if anybody comes forward for her.
“If she is not claimed, one of us nurses will probably keep her because she is such a lovely cat.”
Vet Walter Stöhr, who examined Daisy, said she would probably have died of thirst and starvation within a day or so if she had not been found by the workers at the landfill site.
He said it was possible she might have been lost for a while and could have climbed into the skip looking for food, which would explain why she was so thin.
Mrs Asquith added: “She is a very pretty cat and ever so tame and friendly. She has probably got an owner out there. She is not scared of people at all and has obviously been cared for.
“She is getting lots of love and cuddles and is really enjoying it as well. I think she is just happy to be somewhere warm and dry.”
A spokesman for Wangford Landfill Site said skips were brought in from as far afield as Ipswich and it was not known which one the cat had come from.