'Hero' tree surgeon rescues cat stuck up tree for six days in Welwyn Garden City
PUBLISHED: 17:11 01 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:11 01 September 2017
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A tree surgeon has been hailed a hero by a grateful cat owner whose pet had to be rescued after being stuck, clinging to a small branch for six days in Welwyn Garden City.
When three-year-old Kiwi didn’t come home on Sunday, Celine Caux, of Longcroft Lane, Welwyn Garden City, set up an appeal online to find her missing feline.
She also asked neighbours if they had seen Kiwi, a Ragdoll cross British Blue.
As the days went by, Celine became increasingly concerned, but carried on looking and calling.
Luckily, while calling, she eventually heard a meow while in Longcroft Lane and realised distressed Kiwi was stuck up a tree on council-owned land.
Celine, who is a director for a software company, called the fire brigade who tried to reach Kiwi, but he became frightened and moved into a more perilous position.
She then contacted Stevenage-based Arborcare and was relieved when operations manager Adam Pike came to the rescue this afternoon.
While Adam climbed the tree, Celine, her sister, nephew and several neighbours stood below holding a purple blanket in case the worst was to happen.
Celine said: “Adam was unbelievable.
“From the moment I spoke to him, he was so confident.
“I said the tree is really high and he said ‘I get cats down all the time’.
“Kiwi was on a very small branch, very high up.
“When Adam climbed up, Kiwi went straight into his arms and obviously felt he could trust him.
“He’s done an amazing job.
“He is a hero.
“I asked him if I could give him a hug because I was so grateful and he said ‘I’m really sweaty, but go on if you want to’.
“Having Kiwi back him is like Christmas and birthdays in one go.”
Adam told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “Cats go up trees quite easily but struggle coming down.
“In the last 18 years, I have probably rescued 20 to 30 cats.
“Kiwi was about 50ft up.
“He had got himself to a point where he couldn’t go any higher or further out.
“He was in a tricky situation.
“He’s the only cat not to have bitten or scratched me.
“If you give the guys here a cat job, it’s a case of long sleeves, visor down, jacket done up to your face and prepare to be scratched.
“Celine did give me a hug afterwards.
“She was very, very happy.”