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Rock Climbers Rescue Cat Treed 5 Days with Pellet in Head

Kevin Medin was concerned when he heard meowing up in the treetops. When five days passed and calls to the fire department, local animal and wildlife control agencies, and arborists, brought no help a pair of rock climbers went up a tall tree to bring down a cat. She was later discovered to have been shot by a pellet but is expected to be fine and go to a new home.

Aspen Gardens, Edmonton AB resident Kevin Medin heard plaintive meows coming from the trees when he went into his backyard one day late last month. He followed the sounds to a tree on a steep slope of  nearby Whitemud Ravine, where a cat was stuck in the treetop. The resident and his neighbors did what we all might have done to try to coax, cajole and lure her down, to no avail. They found her cries heartwrenching.

Mr. Medlin describes the cat as being small but quite the talker and says she talked to him for five long days before going quiet, at which point he feared for the worst.  All of the specialists who would not come had said the same thing: wait and she will come down, so Mr. Medlin and his concerned neighbors had waited and waited. When they no longer heard from the cat Mr. Medlin called another neighbor, who owns Vertically Inclined Rock Gym, a facility that offers recreational climbing courses, in a last ditch attempt to find someone to make the rescue.

The Rock Gym’s Jason Day (top, right) and Zakk Krudys (top, left) came out and set to work. Mr. Day stayed below on the ground as the spotter, anchoring and guiding the ropes, while Mr. Krudys made the climb.  As the climbr neared the tree top he found he could go no farther but the tortie cat was still way beyond reach. Fortunately, she came down to him, moving gingerly downward from branch to branch, and he put her in his backpack and climbed down. Cat saved.

Kevin Medlin pointing to the tree where the cat stayed for five days calling for help.

The second part of this cat’s story comes when the vet she was taken to determined that she had been shot in the head by a pellet gun, probably at point black, and she had a pellet lodged in her skull. She was further determined to be between 6 and 8 months old. The Westbrook Valley Clinic staff will spay her and remove the pellet on Thursday and then the beautiful young tortie kitty will become available for adoption. The clinic is absorbing the cost of treatment for now but says it will charge kitty’s adopter $500 to help cover costs.

The Aspen Gardens Community League is accepting donations to cover those costs and to try to help the little cat they came to care for find her loving forever home.

Mr. Medlin says of the little cat he would not give up on:

“It was such a triumphant ending. She had such a will to live. All we need now is to get her the great home she deserves.”

Sources: Edmonton Journal and Vancouver Sun




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    June 7, 2011 2:13 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Trizia Norris

    Good men!

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  • June 7, 2011 2:14 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Allison Akridge

    KUDOS!!!

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    June 7, 2011 2:21 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Kathy McCallum Schaefer

    I hope she finds a good home. What a cruel start to her life to be shot at point blank range.

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    June 7, 2011 2:21 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Barbara Runcie

    You’re my heroes.

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  • June 7, 2011 2:22 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Kimberley

    What a little fighter. Usually cats will eventually make their way down, but these men had the sense to know when that wasn’t going to happen. Some cats are susceptible to liver damage if they don’t eat, even for a day or two.

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  • June 7, 2011 2:23 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Mallory Evans

    What a gorgeous kitty.

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  • June 7, 2011 2:58 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Machelle Trail

    hope they can raise enough money to cover that 500 bucks! that would sure help get her adopted!

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    June 7, 2011 4:31 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Katy Cassidy

    see, this is sweet. this makes you proud to be human. and i also see the term hero in this. i don’t get “hero” being attached to an athlete just for being an athlete. i think you have to give of yourself outside of what you’re paid millions to do.

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  • June 7, 2011 4:57 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Jamie LeBlanc Ellender

    I’m so glad they did this. Love the heroes and love the cats! Now let’s pray for her to find a better than imagined home.

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    June 7, 2011 5:46 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Carole A. McIntyre

    Thank God for people like this.

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    June 7, 2011 7:05 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Linda Williams Redman

    Yeah!! to all the people that saved this beautiful little girl. Too bad the shelter plans on passing the medical cost on to a potential adoptive parents. $50.00 adoption fee -vs- $500.00 fee – guess who will get adopted first?

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  • June 7, 2011 9:18 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Life With Cats

    Linda, a neighborhood organization is trying to raise the funds.

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  • June 7, 2011 9:20 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Tammy Hengst

    OMGosh I wish I lived near so I could bake em’ a cake or something~! Love them so much, THANK YOU GUYS~!

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    June 7, 2011 9:27 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Tammy

    Dear Mr. Medlin you are one smart cookie for calling rock climbers to the rescue~! I would have never thought of that. and NO NOT ALL cats come down on their own, how do I know? Becaues I’ve read reports from tree climbers that have found skeletal remains of cats high high up in trees~! Thank you so much for helping this cat and going to such great lengths to do so~! Also to the climbers, you ROCK~! Pardon the pun…………

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    June 8, 2011 10:53 amPosted 3 years ago
    Carolyn Schellhardt

    Can they start a ChipIn site?

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  • June 8, 2011 11:46 amPosted 3 years ago
    Life With Cats

    Good question, Carolyn. I have not done followup yet on whether they have gotten the funds from their community. The publicity in local papers may have done the trick; it sometimes does.

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    July 22, 2011 3:22 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Karen
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    July 26, 2011 10:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Amber

    Sigh. What noble men! People, these are what real men look like. I’m so thankful there are such sweet people in this world to help such a lovely little kitty in need.

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