A TINY four-week-old kitten was saved from almost certain death after becoming trapped amid rock boulders on Towyn beach.

A search party had been sent by RSPCA Cymru after beachgoers heard meows coming from within the large rocks, which are part of the breakwater used to protect the coast from strong waves.

Officers attempted to locate kitten among the various crags and crevices three times on Monday (May 13) morning, however they yielded no sightings.

It was only upon their fourth return to the location that RSPCA inspector Mike Pugh was able to spot the male kitten, clearly terrified as he crawled away out of sight.

Heavy-lifting equipment was required to move some of the boulders and it was then that inspector Mark Roberts was able to rescue him by using a cat grasper.

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If the beachgoers hadn't heard the kitten's meow then "nobody would have ever known he was there," RSPCA inspector Mark Roberts said.

RSPCA inspector Mark Roberts said he does not know how the kitten came to be trapped in this way. He said: “This was an incredible rescue, and I pay tribute to inspectors Mike Pugh and Phil Lewis who helped reach the kitten.

“The poor thing was hopelessly trapped and if it wasn’t for members of the public hearing the tiny cat meow, it is likely nobody would ever have known he was there.

“Fortunately, we were able to secure access and bring the kitten to safety. We’re absolutely delighted we could save him."

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RSPCA inspectors Mark Roberts and Mike Pugh with the baby cat.

There was no sign of the kitten’s mother or owner, however, but he is currently recovering well in the care of one of the charity’s fosterers.

The officers have since named the kitten in tribute to his dangerous adventure and heroic rescue.

Mr Roberts said: "He is now recovering very well after such a remarkable ordeal.

“We rescue countless animals every year – but this was a particular special incident. We initially nicknamed him Rocky, but Pebbles certainly seems a very fitting new name for this feline!”

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Pebbles is now recovering well.

To find out more about RSPCA Cymru and ways to support the charity, visit www.rspca.org.uk