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.
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.