Man gets stuck up tree trying to save cat – which then climbs down on its own

A man had to be rescued from a tree after he climbed it in an attempt to rescue a pet cat that had become stuck up there.

In an unusual twist, the cat was then ultimately able to get down by itself as the unfortunate owner looked on.

The animal became trapped 10 metres up the tree in Rochdale, Greater Manchester on Monday, Manchester Evening News reports.

Authorities were alerted when a resident called the RSPCA after spotting the cat in a tree in her garden, saying she believed it had been there for five days.

Animal rescuer Stephen Wickham was en route to assist the beleaguered moggy, only to be told that fire and rescue officers were already at the scene as the cat’s owner had also become stuck up the same tree after an ill-fated rescue attempt.

Firefighters were able to use a 10-metre ladder to reach the man, which allowed him to safely make his way back to the ground.

But when a firefighter then went to retrieve the cat, the panicked feline fell from his branch, landing on another one below. From there, he was able to jump to safety.

Stephen said: "I have worked for the RSPCA for 25 years and in that time, I have been called to numerous cat rescues – but this is only the second time in my career I have been to a rescue where the poor owner had also got stuck up the tree too.

"In this case the owner had to be rescued from danger and as it turned out the cat managed to get down himself."

He went on: "In a vast majority of cases cats are very capable of getting themselves down from a tree, so unless there are special circumstances, we advise owners to try and coax their pet down with strong-smelling food like fish and if that doesn’t work to give us a call back after 24 hours.

"After that time an RSPCA officer will then visit to see if we can help but it is important that people should not try to rescue a cat from a tree themselves.

"The RSPCA and fire service are fully trained to safely deal with these kinds of incidents."

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