A cat who decided to try his luck and venture across an icy pond to reach a floating duck house had a nasty shock yesterday.
The feisty feline, who was unaware of the chaos he was causing as he enjoyed his duck hunt, refused to be caught by the firefighters and RSPCA officials who mounted a full scale rescue operation after the ice melted, leaving the creature stranded.
Instead, the cat decided to make a dash for it - skating across the ice before falling through and swimming the last 20ft to the shore.
Having successfully made it across the ice, the cat ventures into the duckhouse
He pauses for a quick bask in the winter sunshine, unaware of the ice around him melting
The sun-worshipping feline is entirely unaware of the chaos he is causing
The mischievous moggy had taken up residence in the wooden haven after scaring off its original inhabitants.
But as it started to warm up the icy pond began to thaw - leaving the feline stranded.
Passers-by who saw the animal nestle down in the duck house called the RSPCA when they realised the danger it was in.
Firefighters were then called in to construct two rescue paths out to the shelter.
However, the stranded cat decided to use one of its nine lives and make a run for it across the melting ice.
The sodden pet scarpered when it finally made it to land and disappeared into a housing estate.
The drama unfolded at Turners Pond in Fleet, Hants, yesterday afternoon.
A spokesman for the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said: 'The RSPCA required our assistance to retrieve the cat as some of the ice had started to melt during the day, making its route back to dry land difficult.
'The stranded cat was attracting a lot of attention from members of the public and the concern was not so much for the animal, but the high probability that a member of the public would try to reach the stranded animal.'
Firefighters attempted to rescue the stubborn cat
They tried one last attempt before the feline decided to try his luck running across the ice
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