LELAND, N.C. (WNCN) – It was down a storm drain instead of up a tree, but firefighters in Leland didn’t let them stop them from rescuing a stuck kitten Monday.

A local restaurant manager reported to officials that a kitten was stuck in the drain. She had been unable to free it, she said.

Firefighter/paramedics from Leland Fire/Rescue responded.

“They are far from animal control officers, and none of them are particularly familiar with the ins and outs of our sewer drain systems, but we’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, if you ever need us, we will be there,” the department wrote on its Facebook page.

The firefighters found that a “very small kitten” was in the middle of a 150-foot length of 18-inch diameter pipe.

After an hour spent ankle-deep in drain water trying to coax the kitten out, one of the rescuers was able to grab the “exceedingly irritated kitten,” according to the Facebook post.

This, the department wrote, saved the kitten from “a fairly certain demise.”

“Thanks to the several patrons that wished us luck in retrieving the kitten, the staff at Fat Tony’s for covering the manager so that she could assist (and really cheer us on to keep us going), and thanks finally to the kitten for coming out and giving us all a feel good story to take home,” the post reads.

In the end, the manager took the kitten home.