Cat stuck in tree in Bakersfield for 12 days, rescue attempted by firefighters, animal control, more

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Firefighters trying to rescue a cat from a tree seems like a scene out of a movie, but it was reality in Bakersfield Tuesday.

Residents of a Bakersfield neighborhood have been concerned about a feline that was spotted in a tree at Niles Street and Mount Vernon Avenue. They said the cat has been there for 12 days.

Neighbors began feeding it with a bucket in the tree.

"I don't want to see this cat stay up here and suffer," a neighbor said.

Animal Control was called, but they could not reach the distressed cat.

The fire department was called and tried putting up a ladder to remove the cat, but the ladder scared the cat to higher and higher branches.

"We're working with Animal Control, who are the experts at dealing with animals. We'll assist as much as we can and give them the equipment so we can work together to hopefully get a successful result," Eric Coughran, Kern County Fire Department Captain, said.

Good Samaritans with a boom truck offered to rescue the cat Wednesday evening.


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