Dubbed “Chapo” after the Houdini-esque Mexican drug lord, a big-eared kitten had his “Get Out Of Jail Free” card punched by caring construction workers who found him inside a wall about to be filled with concrete.
The currently-under-construction North Branch Jail near Santa Maria, California already has an escapee, though there won't be any APB issued for the perp.
According to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, workers at the jail were preparing to infill the brick walls with concrete when they discovered a kitten living in the base of the wall. That's Daniel Maga from Stoney Masonry, member of the Laborers Union Local 220, holding onto Chapo just after his rescue.
Presumed to be the lone survivor of a box of kittens abandoned at the jail construction site some months before, the skittish and scrawny kitten wasn't inclined to leave the only home it had known.
In the event, it took workers roughly six hours to extricate the kitten and the rescue operation involved a wall being broken (above) in order to reach him. No word on whether Chapo's rescue has set back the projected opening date of the North Branch Jail in the spring of 2019.
“We are happy to report that Chapo is fixed and fidgety but otherwise doing well,” stated the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office at their Facebook page. “He has been embraced by his new Sheriff's Office family and will likely be a fixture of the Northern Branch Jail for years to come.”
As for his namesake, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, he's currently cooling his heels at the maximum-security wing of the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, New York, where he may be fidgety but at least he won't be fixed. (via UPI)