On October 21 an Ohio fire and rescue department became heroes to a cat who escaped a hawk but instead landed in the top of a tree for three days.
Erie Valley Fire & Rescue located in Navarre posted on their Facebook page
“Probably the most common question any firefighter is ever asked is “So do you rescue cat’s out of trees?”
Why yes, we do that 🙂
Crews this morning, with the assistance of T Rowley Lawns LLC, helped a citizen with a kitty believed to have been picked up by a hawk and dropped at the top of a tree. Typically cats will find their way down but after 3 days it was time to intervene. We’re happy to report after the rescue that the “Fluffy” is uninjured and enjoying some TLC from her owners, as well as some TLC from Chief Annen :)”
The fire department received a call on Sunday from cat owner Ellen Albert saying her cat had been stuck in a tree for three days. Neighbors told Ellen that cats will come down on their own, but that’s not what happened in Fluffy’s case.
In an interview with Fox8 News, Ellen said
“She wasn’t going to make it. She was going to die up there and she was all alone, the trees are swaying.”
Fire Chief Rick Annen said he believes Fluffy was scooped up by a hungry hawk after hawks were seen in nearby trees. Fluffy didn’t have his collar on when he was rescued and his family believes he slipped the collar and fell into the tree.
Chief Annen said he’d never seen a cat not come down from a tree in the 40 years he’s been in fire and rescue.
Our thanks go out to everyone involved with Fluffy’s rescue. Not only do hawks carry away cats, but small dogs are also at risk. It’s important to remain on alert if your cat or dog is allowed outside. Our neighbor almost lost her Chihuahua to a hawk with her inside her gated yard watching.
Have any of the readers had a cat stuck in a tree who refused to come down on his own? Please sound off in the comments.
Photos courtesy Erie Valley Fire & Rescue.
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