Last updated: 05/03/2021, 9:02 AM

Cat rescues itself using fire crew's ladder - Thornton Heath

03/03/2021 11:37
Animal rescue

A curious cat which got itself stuck up a tree decided to make its own way down – but only after firefighters pitched a ladder for it.

Crews were called to assist the RSPCA at the rescue of a feline stuck around 25ft up a tree on Harcourt Road in Thornton Heath.

Firefighters pitched a 9 metre ladder and were preparing to go up and get the cat, when it slowly made its own way down.

Station Commander Richard Hamilton, who was at the scene, said: “Firefighters went to the aid of the cat after the RSPCA requested our assistance as they didn’t have the equipment to reach it.

“Once they’ve pitched the ladder, crews would usually go up to try and retrieve the cat, but the RSPCA inspector advised us to stand back and sure enough, it made its own way down the ladder.

“We couldn’t believe it - I’ve been in more than 25 years and I’ve never seen a cat do that before.

“The poor cat had apparently been up there more than 48 hours, but seemed fine when it came down – it just ran off without so much as a thank you.

“The work of a firefighter is varied and involves all sorts of different incidents and we are ready, willing and able to assist distressed or injured animals.

“The last thing we want is for people to put themselves at risk rescuing an animal themselves – but we do encourage people to call the RSPCA in the first instance and we will assist if our specialist equipment is required, as in this case.”

The Brigade was called at 1137 and the incident was over for firefighters by 1213. One fire engine from Norbury Fire Station attended.

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