Firefighters hailed after pet rescue
FIREFIGHTERS have been hailed heroes for rescuing a cat stuck up a tree for nearly three days.
Ed the ginger cat got stuck about 60ft up a birch tree in a neighbour’s garden in Lydbrook in the Forest of Dean. And despite numerous attempts by his owner Sarah Ede to tempt him down, he refused to move.
Her husband tried reaching him with extendable ladders but their pet was too high up and refused to move from his lofty perch.
By day two Sarah was so upset that she called the fire brigade who said they could not send somebody without an RSPCA referral. The RSPCA suggested she hired a tree surgeon to try to bring down the six-month-old tabby so she put a desperate appeal out across the Forest of Dean. Does anyone know someone who is either a tree surgeon or someone with really good tree climbing skills and equipment, who would be willing to help me out?,” she wrote on Monday.
“Our 6 month old cat has been stuck about 60ft up a birch tree in our neighbours garden since Saturday. Some people may think I’m making too much fuss but he’s very young and has been 60ft up a tree in this weather for quite a while now.”
Some people suggested the cat would come down on its own but she added: “I’ve had cats all my life and I like to think I know a bit about them but he is not moving.”
But before a tree surgeon could get there the firefighters responded to an SOS from the RSPCA to bring Ed down.
Sarah, who agreed for us to share her picture as a thank you to the “fantastic firemen” told concerned villagers that the firefighters were there when she returned from a school run on Monday.
Ed the cat and his hero firefighters.