CORDOVA — It may seem like a cliche, but a pair of firefighters rescued a kitten from a tree last week.
Jimmy Herring said his wife, Pat, was walking in their backyard Friday morning when she heard loud meowing coming from one of their trees. They looked around and found a small tabby kitten, estimated to be 10 weeks old unable to get down.
“I tried my best to get him dislodged but he was wedged tight between two limbs of the tree,” Herring told the Daily Journal on Monday. “We think he was climbing and fell and got stuck. He could never have gotten himself out.”
Herring called Jeremy Chance of Cordova Fire and Rescue, who, in turn, sent Lt. Brandon Bowers and Safety Officer Scottie Brigman to the rescue.
“He was scared when we first got there ‘cause he had been stuck in the tree for (an) unknown (length of) time,” Bowers said of the kitten. “He gave us a small fight.”
Bowers said they had to use a ladder to reach the injured, frightened feline, which was about 10 feet up in the tree.
“I had to actually pry the tree apart because the kitten was lodged between a split in the tree and was stuck,” he said. “Once I pulled it apart, Scottie pulled it out.”
Herring posted on his Facebook page that he and his wife took the kitten to the vet, saying, “… he is in good condition except for an injured back leg, which will take a week or two to heal.”
He also pleaded for someone to step up and adopt or foster the kitten, since they couldn’t keep him in their home because of their dog.
The post on his personal page was shared 21 times and before 10 p.m., Jamila Marsh agreed to take him in.
Herring said she named him Mittens because of his white paws.
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