Fire service called after cat called Squirrel climbs 80ft up tree in Bury St Edmunds

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service sent an aerial ladder platform after a cat called Squirrel became stuck up a tree - Pictures by Abbott Photography ANL-151103-110927001
Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service sent an aerial ladder platform after a cat called Squirrel became stuck up a tree - Pictures by Abbott Photography ANL-151103-110927001
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A cat called Squirrel lived up to his namesake when he climbed 80ft up a tree in Bury St Edmunds and had to be coaxed down by the fire service.

The two-year-old cat was stuck up the tree, in Home Farm Lane, for three days and started to come down after Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service sent an aerial ladder platform on Sunday morning. He was whisked into the arms of his owner Baz Wright-Jones, who fosters cats with his wife Kim for Bury Stray Cat Fund.

Baz Wright-Jones with Squirrel ANL-151103-110531001

Baz Wright-Jones with Squirrel ANL-151103-110531001

Mr Wright-Jones, 51, said they worked with the RSPCA and fire service to decide when would be the most appropriate time to rescue Squirrel.

“We all mutually agreed it would be better to do it at a time when the fire service was at its quietest on a Sunday morning so it didn’t encroach on any other emergencies,” he said. “The ladder went up to just above where the cat was. Because of the noise of the engine and the fact they were cutting branches the cat became very scared and just came down.”

Praising the fire service, he added: “We appreciate it wasn’t a life threatening human situation but they were just brilliant.” They have asked for donations to be made to Bury Stray Cat Fund.