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UPDATED with photos: Feckless feline rescued by fire crews and RSPCA

Fire crews and RSPCA rescue cat stuck on hot roof

Fire crews and RSPCA rescue cat stuck on hot roof

A stranded cat was rescued from a hot roof in Luton by fire crews and the RSPCA on Thursday.

The black and white cat was first seen on the roof of a house in Chalkdown on Wednesday, but as cats will usually make their own way down from high positions the RSPCA gave it some time to do so before going out.

When animal collection officer (ACO) Kate Wright attended she saw the cat walking along the apex of the roof of the house crying.

The weather had been quite hot and ACO Wright was concerned to get the cat down as soon as possible to make sure he didn’t suffer dehydration.

As ACO Wright didn’t have the equipment needed to reach the roof she contacted Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service for help.

The service’s White Watch from Luton attended and used their aerial platform to reach the roof and caught the cat with the RSPCA grasper.

Once safely back on the ground ACO Wright checked the cat over and, as he wasn’t suffering any ill effects from his adventures, released him so he could find his way home again.

ACO Wright said: “As usual the fire service were amazing and got this adventurous cat down safely. As we don’t have the equipment needed to rescue animals from high places we ask the fire service to help and of course they only do so if they have the time and there are no emergencies they need to attend to.

“Of course their assistance also means that members of the public don’t take any unnecessary risks by trying to rescue animals themselves.”

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