The fire department fields all kinds of different calls. They’re not strangers to having to climb a tree and rescue a stranded cat.
But Emily Whitton of Cambridgeshire, England, didn’t think that was necessary. When her friend’s tiny 13-month-old kitten appeared stuck in a 65-foot-tall tree, she started climbing.
Saskia Cornwell’s cat, Bella, was stuck in a tall tree. Her friend, Emily Whitton, wanted to try and get the kitten down herself.
Bella is normally kept indoors, but managed to sneak out of the house through an open window. Her owner gave chase, but was unable to grab her before the feline was scaling the tree. The kitten didn’t seem to be able to get back down.
But Whitton didn’t think calling the fire department was necessary. She started to climb, but before too long she realized she’d made a terrible mistake.
The pet-loving friend had gotten her leg trapped between thick tree branches. She struggled to get free for a moment, but eventually accepted that she was stuck.
Cornwell called the Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Whitton and the kitten were stuck in the tree. The responding firefighters were going to have their work cut out for them.
A rescue team arrive promptly, much to Whitton’s relief and embarrassment. Cornwell, on the other hand, was able to see the lighter side of it all.
“It was very embarrassing. The fire engine arrived with its blue light on and five firemen got out,” Cornwell told The Telegraph.
“They tied a rope around the branch and three of them pulled the rope to help Emily free her leg, then another fireman climbed up the ladder and helped her down.”
With Whitton’s feet back on the ground, everyone’s attention shifted back to the stranded kitten. That’s when Bella calmly made her descent down the tree with ease.
As it turned out, Bella was never really ‘stuck,’ just mischievous.
“In the meantime Bella managed to climb down the tree to the firemen, so they carried her down too,” Cornwell said. “It was a ridiculous situation, but Bella loved all the attention. I’ve kept her inside ever since her adventure.”
While it’s easy to laugh about now, things could have gone much worse. The fire department wants everyone to know they shouldn’t be putting themselves in danger to save their pet when professionals are standing by to help.
“We know that people love animals and would risk their own lives to save a family pet or other animal in distress,” the Cambridgeshire Fire Department and Rescue Service in a statement, according to The Telegraph.
“Our advice would always be to avoid putting yourself in danger and to contact the RSPCA in the first instance.”
Yesterday Dogsthorpe White Watch were called to rescue Bella 🐈 & her would be rescuer from a tree. Happily the crew were able to rescue both parties, & reunite Bella with her owner 😄 In these situations, please call the RSPCA rather than endangering yourself 👍 pic.twitter.com/40C47oOgTn
— Cambs Fire & Rescue (@cambsfrs) February 21, 2018