Rock climber rescues ‘Tree’

2018-02-07 06:01
Named ‘Tree’, this young cat generated an interesting rescue last week.

Named ‘Tree’, this young cat generated an interesting rescue last week.

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IT’S a story with a happy ending (for a change).

It took one young kitten ,the local vets, SPCA, Umvoti Fire Brigade and rock-climbing equipment to bring this about.

Last Wednesday, St Davids pupils told Dr Jane Wessels that a cat had been up a big tree since Monday. On inspection, she was seen to be about two thirds of the way up the tree and commenting loudly in response to remarks from the onlookers on the ground.

Keeping to traditional rescue patterns, Umvoti Fire Brigade was called and Trevor Moore of Greytown SPCA climbed the long ladder. But no way was the kitten in the mood to trust humans — she just climbed higher and higher using more and more bad cat language, hoping that she would make her way down on her own the rescuers left. There was a horrific storm that night and following a sleepless night with visions of the wet and bedraggled animal still in the tree, Dr Wessels spoke to new vet in town, Dr Isla, to tell her the sad story. It so happened that Dr Isla is a rock climber. So the two vets returned to the tree, this time with a ladder just about one metre in length, a soft cat box and professional rock-climbing equipment and, of course, a dish of tasty food. Hauling the basket up, Dr Isla offered the now very hungry young cat food. There was a fair amount of protest but the smell of chicken was too much to resist. As she started eating, she was carefully “snatched” from the branch and lowered gently to the ground in the basket, again with many voluble cat comments.

Latest news is that she has recovered well at the clinic, has lost her aggressive attitude and has become cautiously playful.

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