LONDON — A fire brigade and tree surgeons had to be called to get a cat out of a tree last Friday afternoon, only to be called back Sunday morning with the help of a cherry picker in Shepherd’s Bush, West London.
In less than 48 hours, the police, RSPCA, six tree surgeons, three fire crews, a cherry picker and a road closure had to be used to save this curious cat, named Coningham.
The mischievous feline became stuck Friday morning above a leafy west London street and later rescued that afternoon, only to climb up the same tree the very next day.
The first day the London Fire Brigade was called out but crews decided climbing the tree would be too dangerous with an unsupported ladder. The scared cat ran further up the tree, which prompted a team of tree surgeons to be called. Six tree surgeons showed up, thinking they were there for a tree that was about to collapse, but upon realizing there was no risk to the public, four left.
Daniel Hancox and Dave Blair were the two tree surgeons left with the task of venturing into the tree.
“It was about 40 feet up and in quite a precarious position, particularly as it was quite windy,” Hancox said.
The men rescued the relieved cat, and a neighbour took the cat in for the night, setting it free the next morning thinking it might belong to another resident. However, the cat darted back up the same tree on Saturday and spent the night meowing as it again became stuck.
The RSPCA and the fire brigade were called the next morning, and were later joined by a second team of firefighters with their aerial ladder and platform.
The West London street was closed to both the public and neighbours, who were told to remain inside while crews climbed the tree and guided the cat into the cherry picker and back down to the ground. It was then taken to a veterinary assistant who lived close by.
If people see a cat in a tree, it is recommended to first put some strong smelling food at the foot of the tree to try and tempt the cat down. If that doesn’t work, try calling the RSPCA or SPCA, not the emergency services who were called first in this case. If they can’t get the pet down, then as a last resort, emergency services will be called.