Fire­fight­ers hailed af­ter pet res­cue

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News -

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.

Glos Live

Ed the cat and his hero fire­fight­ers.

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