We heard so many stories about cats getting stuck up a tree – only this time, this beautiful kitty was stranded on the top of a 100-foot-tall cliff. She might have wondered how beautiful it is to stay there, which has a good view of Logan, West Virginia.
The view is definitely beautiful; the only problem is the perch was far too steep and rocky to climb down on her own. The poor kitty was left with no choice but to wait for someone to hear her cries for help. The cat stayed there for more than a week until a kind hearted woman decided to help.
“A woman who feeds stray cats in the area had been trying to get the cat help for seven days at that point,” Selena Marcum, president of The Paws Squad rescue, told The Dodo. “That’s when she called me.”
Marcum went out the very next day during a rainstorm, and sure enough, the cat was still perched atop the ledge desperately looking down at her.
“I put out a huge call for help to all of my rescue contacts and partners,” she said. “There was no way she was going to get back down on her own.”
Marcum understood the urgency of the situation; the kitty had already been stuck on the cliff without food for a week and wasn’t moving when rescuers arrived on the scene.
A local fire department tried to reach the cat’s location but their 50-foot ladder wasn’t tall enough to get to her. Marcum also tried to contact the local rock climbing group to see if he could anchor to the mountain to get to the cat, but the conditions at that time were just too dangerous.
“At that point my friend, Rusty Mills, started sending food up to her with a slingshot,” Marcum said. “We were all so set on saving her, but he really took to her a lot.”
While Marcum tried make contact with another fire department, Mills made sure to stay at the foot of the cliff from sunrise to sunset to keep an eye on the cat and try to see if she was eating any of the food that he had launched up to her.
After 10 days, the Logan Fire Department arrived on the scene with a much taller ladder, which was already tall enough to reach the cat. She got scared when the volunteers got close, so he set a trap on the ledge and covered it with a blanket in hopes that she would go inside.
“We checked back and sure enough, she was in there,” Marcum said. “There was such a buildup and everybody was so relieved she was safe. Rusty was the first one to ask about bringing her home.”
Nobody really knows how the cat got up there in the first place; Marcum speculated that the cat may have been chased by a wild animal.
The poor kitty had lost some weight. Fortunately, she did not get any serious medical issues after getting stuck on a 100-foot-tall cliff.
Mills decided to take the adorable kitty home and named her Lilo.
“She’s doing really well so far,” Marcum said. “She’s still a little timid, but is getting comfortable and lets Rusty pet her now. She’s just loving having a warm home.”
According to Marcum, they saved the cat at the right moment. The next day after the rescue, the location had torrential rainstorms that caused flooding, which could have made the whole situation even more dangerous.
“All we kept thinking about was if she had still been stuck up there,” Marcum said. “It’s amazing she’s doing so well after all of this. Words can’t describe how happy we are that she made it.”
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H/T: The Dodo