A ginger cat was rescued by the RSPCA after he fell down a 20ft drop into a basement and became stuck.

The two-year-old cat, named Red Fred by RSPCA staff, had climbed up on the railings and fallen down into the basement of a building in Birkenhead.

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Deputy Chief Inspector Naomi Norris was called to a property in Hamilton Square on November 17 where the cat was trapped in the basement.

She said: “The basement was part of an old building with iron bars around it and spikes on top so we needed to be careful. We had one ladder going up and one ladder going down which meant negotiating the spikes at the top.

“Luckily, we were assisted by the Fire and Rescue Services and two firefighters climbed down to collect the cat. It looks as though he had jumped up on the bars and then fallen down and couldn’t get out. He had some claw injuries which might suggest he had tried to climb back up the wall so I’m not sure how long he had been there.

“Despite the success of the daring rescue, Red Fred was understandably very stressed so he wasn’t as grateful as we would have hoped. In fact, both myself and one of the firefighters received a bite from him! Luckily it was superficial as we were both wearing gloves and I didn’t hold it against him - he was clearly just scared!”

Inspector Norris then took him to RSPCA Greater Manchester Animal Hospital to be checked over by a vet. Red Fred came away from the ordeal generally unscathed but he wasn’t microchipped and no owner has come forward. After being assessed by the vets for a few days, he was then taken to the RSPCA Bolton branch on Friday (November 24).

Branch manager Julie Ashcroft at RSPCA Bolton said: “It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks for Red Fred and he’s still settling into the cattery. He’s quite timid so we are only just getting to know him but he’s been much more gentle since the rescue so I think he was just a bit traumatised after falling down 20ft, which is understandable. He seems to be doing a bit better now and is certainly enjoying a warm bed and loves his food!”

Red Fred has been given flea and worm treatment and has also been neutered. He has had his vaccinations and is ready to be rehomed.

Julie added: “He will need an owner with patience who can take some time to get to know him and with some TLC I’m sure he will come on leaps and bounds.”

If you think you could give Fred a home contact the RSPCA Bolton branch on 01204 521160.