23.04.2013

A cat has been rescued after being stuck at the top of a 40 foot high pole carrying high voltage power lines for more than 24 hours.

Cat up power cable © RSPCAThe cat’s owners contacted the RSPCA to help rescue two-year-old black and white Vince.

RSPCA Inspector Tony Woodley was called to the incident in Gibbs Brook Lane, Oxted in Surrey:

“As soon as I got there I realised we needed specialist help, as the pole was so high and carrying a number of high voltage electricity lines. So I called up the UK Power Networks people who distribute electricity supplies in the South East.

“It took a while for them to arrive and by that time Vince Cable, as we were calling him, had sat through some very heavy showers of rain and even hail, mewing at us.

“The engineers erected a large ladder and tested the lines before Colin Wenlock, using appropriate harnesses and protective gear, climbed up and managed to grab Vince and carry him down.

“Vince was none the worse for his ordeal and fussed over by all of us.”

Inspector Woodley with electrical engineers and cat © RSPCAVince ran straight to his food bowl after his rescue and was clearly very hungry. He also spent a lot of time cat napping!

Tony said:

“The line passes over a tall tree and it’s clear that Vince climbed up this and must have leapt onto the pole without realising there was no way back. We hope he has learnt his lesson and will not venture up there again.”

To help the RSPCA rescue animals like this please give £3 by texting the word HELP to 78866 (calls cost £3 plus one standard network charge).