Power Tools Used To Rescue Cat Stuck Between Tree Trunks


Cats get stuck in trees all the time. But one cat needed some extra help to get unstuck from power extraction tools.

Two boys in Massachusetts heard a cat meowing deep in the woods from their backyard in the morning but didn’t think anything of it. When they still heard the meowing later in the afternoon, they knew that something was wrong.

They saw a black stray cat stuck in the crevice of two tree trunks. The cat was crying helplessly as it was trapped five feet above the ground. One of the boys stayed with the cat while the other ran to tell his mother. The woman called animal control.

When an animal control officer came, she was baffled because she had never seen a cat in a tree like that. She called another animal control officer to help. One officer said that the cat was so jammed in there that there was no wiggle room at all and they couldn’t even use oil to help him get out.

They tried to calm the frightened cat and first tried putting a towel underneath the cat to pull him out, but that was unsuccessful.

Then, the officers tried to use a house jack to separate the tree trunks, but again that didn’t work.

Finally, the animal control officers called the fire department to help them free the cat.

More on the rescue after the jump.

From news-tribune.com:

Within 15 minutes of the call, six members of the Fire Department showed up with a plan to use power tools to save the wedged cat. Within minutes, the tree trunks were spread and the cat was freed.

“That was the best way to get the cat out,” said fire Lt. Janice Pouliot. “That was the only way. It would have died.”

Once free, the cat was rushed to Brentwood Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital to stabilize his condition. From there, the feline, believed to be between 1 and 2 years old, was taken to Amherst Animal Hospital, where it spent the night and was X-rayed for broken bones.

Amazingly, the cat is in stable condition. But if it hadn’t been for the exploration of two curious boys, the story might have had an unpleasant ending.

The cat has been nicknamed Forest and will spend the next couple of days at the hospital and then will be up for adoption.

No more trees for you Forest. We’re glad that you’re safe and sound.

13 Responses to “Power Tools Used To Rescue Cat Stuck Between Tree Trunks”

  1. Gary says:

    So glad the cat was freed. However the numbskull reporter didn’t say exactly what power tools the fire dept used to spread the trees, I assume it was the jaws of life. That knowledge could be used for similar situations.

  2. Gary says:

    First mistake was to call the animal control officer, what can they do? Always call the FIRE DEPT. in situations like this, only the fire dept. has the heavy equipment needed for rescues. The police can’t do anything either.

  3. Bridgett says:

    POOR KITTY!!!! I am so glad that he was found! How traumatic for him!

    I love rescues like this. It always brings out the best in us humans.

  4. Kathy says:

    Gary generally the fire department WON’T do anything to help a cat, they probably needed animal control’s leverage!

  5. Joe says:

    Hats off to the parents of the two boys…sounds like they are being raised to love animials.

  6. Bridgett says:

    Kathy, I think that is true. My understanding is that animal control is always called when an animal is involved in a situation like this. Animal control aren’t really the bad guys we think they are. Animal control then calls in the services they need to help the animal if they can’t rescue it themselves.

  7. Debbie4747 says:

    I’m glad the kitty was rescued and hope he gets a terrific home soon. I agree that the fire department probably wouldn’t come out without someone in another deptartment asking them to. Years ago I think they used to do this, but not these days. In fact, animal control in my county will come out for such things, but they charge. I had a squirrel in my basement about a year ago. Animal Control told me they’d come out and give the squirrel a nut for $80.00 at my expense. I told him for $80.00 it had better be one of his nuts. Needless to say I left a nut outside the hole where the squirrel was and once I left him alone for a while he managed to get out on his own.

  8. Gary says:

    Sorry guys, I stand corrected, Animal care and control is the first ones to call. I was just thinking the quickest way to get kitty help instead of playing the time consuming nonsense was to the guys that will help directly, the fire dept. Yes, and too, the fire dept used to do it years ago. Sad.

    ITCHMO, your server has been exceeding the limit several times a day according to the error message. I guess the site is pulling too many resources.

  9. Nancy says:

    I like Debbie 4747’s response to the animal control guy!! lol

  10. petslave says:

    Debbie4747–that totally cracked me up, thanks for the laugh!

  11. k83 says:

    Wonderful boys, obviously raised right.

  12. Patricia says:

    Debie4747 - best laugh I’ve had since 3/16. Thanks much!

  13. kaefamily says:

    Debie4747 … LOL!

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