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Faversham: Daredevil cat saved by power engineers after getting stranded on 30ft pole

By Joe Wright

A daredevil cat spotted at the top of a 30ft pole was rescued after being stuck for hours.

The black and white male moggy was photographed on top of an electricity pole in Selling Road, Faversham before trying to tightrope his way along a live wire.

But he was saved a nasty fall thanks to the help of power engineers and RSPCA officers who used a cherry picker to reach the five-year-old.

The cat was rescued by a team of UK Power Networks engineers.
The cat was rescued by a team of UK Power Networks engineers.

Animal welfare officer Tina Nash said: “This poor cat had been stuck on the pole for a number of hours, I’m not sure why he ended up on the top of it, and this was an extremely hot day with temperatures reaching up to 23 degrees.

“The engineers from UK Power Networks were brilliant and they turned off the electricity and then used their cherry picker to get near the cat.

"They approached him very slowly and calmly and made him feel at ease, even though at one point the cat started to walk along the wire like a tightrope.

“The engineers persevered however and managed to get him. They handed him to me to be checked over, and despite being stressed there was no harm done.”

The five-year-old moggy tried to tightrope his way across live wires.
The five-year-old moggy tried to tightrope his way across live wires.

The adrenaline seeking cat is now enjoying the comforts of home after being taken in.

Mrs Nash added: “The caller who contacted the RSPCA actually took him and offered to give him a home if no owner comes forward - which is really lovely of them.

"He really is one lucky cat given the predicament he was in. He wasn’t microchipped but we have posted his information on Pets Located.”

UK Power Networks linesman Mark Stevenson, who rescued the cat with the help of his colleagues Andy Reeves and Mark Chittenden, said onlookers got nervous when the moggy started walking along the electricity line.

But he was able to tempt the puss back to the pole with some food provided by the RSPCA.

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