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Cat trapped at 40ft brought to safety

25 Feb 2013
Cleo is rescued by Tayside Fire and Rescue Service

The Scottish SPCA is caring for a cat who became stuck 40ft up a tree in Angus.

We were contacted by the owners a farm near Newbigging when they heard the young tabby cat's cries.

Animal Rescue Officer Steph Alexander requested the help of Tayside Fire and Rescue Service, who were able to bring the frightened feline to safety on Thursday (21 February).

Now named Cleo, the female cat is recovering from her ordeal at our Angus, Fife and Tayside Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Petterden.

Steph said, "When I arrived at the farm on Wednesday, Cleo was moving freely up and down the tree.

"I wanted to give her a chance to come down on her own so I decided to go back the next day to check on her.

"Cleo tried to get down on Thursday but slipped and got a real fright.

"At this point she went back to the top of the tree and refused to move so I decided to ask Tayside Fire and Rescue Service if they could help.

"We don't have the equipment to be able to reach animals trapped at this height so I was extremely grateful for their assistance.

"Cleo was shaken and very hungry when she was brought to safety but otherwise unharmed.

"She's around two years old and in good overall condition. IfCleo is recovering from her frightening ordeal. she has an owner who's missing her it would be lovely to reunite them, but if no one comes forward we'll find her a nice new home.

"We'd like to offer our sincere thanks to Tayside Fire and Rescue Service for bringing Cleo to safety in this instance.

"Hopefully she's learned to keep all four paws firmly on the ground from now on."

Anyone who recognises Cleo is being asked to call our Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.

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