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Kitty catapulted to Swedish celebrity after drainpipe drama

A kitten stuck in a water pipe in the Hisingen area of Gothenburg on Tuesday became a nationwide news sensation with media following the ultimately successful efforts of up to five plumbers to save the forlorn feline.

Kitty catapulted to Swedish celebrity after drainpipe drama

“It scratched me when I lifted it, so it is feeling okay,” said Christopher Bidestedt, who was the one who finally secured the cat’s release from its tight spot.

“We will take it to the vet, then I’ll take care of it until we find an owner for it,” he said.

According to Bidestedt he had been instructed to rescue the cat as long as there was evidence that it was still alive.

“If we had seen that it was lifeless, we would have flushed the pipe with a high pressure sprayer. But thankfully we did not have to do that,” he said.

The kitten managed to get itself stuck in a drainage pipe at Brunnsbotorget on Hisingen in Gothenburg.

The cat’s constant meowing was heard by staff at one of the supermarkets on the square, who then proceeded to alert the property owner. It was at first thought that the noise was coming from a wall.

With the help of cameras, it was possible to locate the cat in a pipe, which measured just over 15 centimetres in diameter.

The rescue work was followed by a large media interest and the work was directed by technicians on a nearby bus, which had been used to monitor the cat on video.

“There are so many people who call all the time. But we are working hard to get the cat out,” said Anders Rydholm at property firm Göteborgslokaler, who was responsible for the rescue efforts.

The cat had probably fallen down in the approximately one and a half metre deep well, when the cover was removed, and then crawled into the pipe.

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Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim

Police on the island of Gotland removed a public sculpture from the Galgberget nature reserve near Visby on the grounds that it is just too creepy.

Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim
The gallows at Galgeberget. Photo: Artifex/WikiCommons
According to local news site Hela Gotland, someone was out for a stroll on Galgeberget (the Gallows Hill) on Wednesday when they saw what they thought was a body hanging after a suicide. Local police were contacted but when they went to investigate they instead found a sculpture by artist Jessica Lundeberg. 
 
The artwork, entitled ‘The Watcher in the Woods’, is a partially transparent plate sculpture that looks like a spooky little girl. 
 
 
Despite discovering that the suspected suicide victim was actually artwork, police determined that Lundeberg’s piece could scare others and thus took the sculpture down. 
 
“It was decided that if it were to remain, more people would likely be frightened in the same way,” Gotland police spokesman Ayman Aboulaich told Radio P4 Gotland. 
 
Lundeberg told Hela Gotland that the sculpture has been at Galgeberget since a public art project last summer and that this was the first time it had caused any concern. She said ‘The Watcher in the Woods’ was the only piece that was allowed to remain after the end of the project. But now it is there no more. 
 
 
Lundeberg has taken the sculpture back to her studio. While she hopes it will eventually return to Galgeberget, the artist told Hela Gotland it seems unlikely.  
 
She said that the sculpture was damaged by police. 
 
“It was ragged, dismantled and broken. I was horrified when I saw it,” she said. 
 
Police have reportedly promised to pay any necessary repair costs.
 
Although the person who reported the sculpture to the police has not spoken with the media, their jump to conclusions could perhaps be attributed to the nature reserve’s macabre history. Galgeberget is still home to gallows that were used to hang criminals for centuries. The last execution to be held at the site was in 1845, according to Hela Gotland
 
 
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