LIVERMORE (PATCH/CBS SF) — A fearful feline was rescued Thursday from a drainage pipe near the San Francisco Outlets in Livermore, fire officials said.

A kitten peers out from a drainage pipe in Livermore. (LPFD)

At first, Livermore-Pleasanton firefighters were unsuccessful in freeing the kitten, which was found trapped in the pipe about three feet underground.

“The mom cat was off to the side hiding in the bushes watching the whole operation,” Battalion Chief Jack Neiman-Kimel told Patch. “Her other two kittens were captured and given to the Feral Cat Foundation of Contra Costa and Alameda Counties for adoption.”

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A kitten peers out from a drainage pipe in Livermore. (LPFD)

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