High-climbing Plymouth cat Narla is safely back on the ground
THE OWNER of a curious cat that spent four nights stuck up a 65ft tree has said she can't thank the fire service enough for rescuing her mischievous moggy.
Five-year-old Narla, a grey and white tortoiseshell, was finally rescued from an old oak tree in Royal Navy Avenue, Keyham, on Saturday morning.
Eight specialist firefighters from Camels Head and RSPCA workers spent two-hours trying to entice the forlorn feline down on Friday, as reported in The Herald.
But despite their best efforts Narla would not come down.
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A team of five firefighters attended the scene again on Saturday at 10am where they found Narla asleep on a blanket they had placed lower down in the tree.
Watch Manager Nigel Toms, who was in charge of the rescue, said: "When we went back to the tree Narla had come down a bit and it was much calmer and quieter because there weren't any people there this time. We were able to get her down within 15 minutes and took her safely back to her owner.
"Narla was in perfect condition, she was lively and seemed to have no ill effects from her little escapade in the tree. Our cunning plan came to fruition.
"We are just hoping she didn't enjoy herself so much that she decides to go back!"
Narla's owner Tracey Bull said she last saw her cat on Tuesday morning and was soon told by a friend's son that her pet was stuck up the tree.
She said: "The firefighter rang me to say they had got her down and I was so happy. It was awful seeing her stuck up the tree – she kept crying. The firemen brought her around to me on Saturday morning. She doesn't look too worse for wear. She's getting lots of fuss now she's back home and has been fast asleep on the bed since she returned.
"I am so thankful to the firemen. I can't thank them enough. They were brilliant. I'm just hoping she doesn't decide to climb any more trees!"
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