A black and white feline that captivated residents of Phoenix by getting stuck on top of a utility pole for nearly three days was finally brought to safety on Monday.
The cat named Gypsy was rescued at about 11 a.m. local time when a worker from the local power company raised a ladder and bravely brought the kitty to the ground, according to the Arizona Republic.
We're so glad this had a happy ending 🐱💜Resourceful neighbors in Phoenix helped to get a cat down safely this morning after the animal got stuck on top of a power pole on Friday. Take a look at the full rescue…
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The dramatic rescue came after the area’s 911 system was inundated with callers concerned about Gypsy’s safety.
“We love animals,” Phoenix Fire Capt. Rob McDade told the newspaper, adding that local fire officials frequently rescue pets from perilous situations such as fires, storm drains and trees.
“But while (callers) feel that there might be very justified in their emotional response, we have human lives we have to save at the same time.”
Local station KNXV-TV, Phoenix posted a live feed of the cat saga on their Facebook page, prompting even more 911 calls from across the country.
The video was shared nearly 9,000 times in just an hour.
Neighbors said the cat had been stuck up there since Friday. But the owner’s had not learned about Gypsy’s misfortune until they logged on to Facebook Live.
“She comes and goes,” the owners said after their pet was brought to safety.