RSPCA Rescues Young cat Stuck Around 20m up a Tree

The following rescue story first appeared on the RSPCA news site here. (Feature image is a stock photo for illustration purposes)

With the help of fire and rescue service, they manage to save a cat which had become trapped 20m up a tree during high winds.


The eight-month-old grey and white male cat named Loki was spotted by a member of the public as he struggled to keep his balance on the branches of a high tree. The windy weather meant the tree was shaking and the member of the public reported that Loki’s hind legs kept slipping off the branches.

They attended on Sunday (21 February) in Wayne Tarbard Close, Ripon, with the help of North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Well and truly stuck in the tree

RSPCA Inspector Claire Little, said:

“This poor cat had become well and truly stuck in the tree during quite windy weather. We advise people that cats are natural climbers and in a vast majority of cases they 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.

“RSPCA officers are trained to use ladders, which they carry for rescues like this, however, in situations where we are still unable to reach the animals, we may ask the fire service to help and they often use animal rescues as a vital training aid.

“The fire service tried everything from ladders, reach and rescue poles and eventually they used the aerial platform to bring little Loki down to safety.

“I was then able to reunite Loki with his owners straight away who had been really worried about him.”

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