Carrie the CatTHE RSPCA has assisted in the rescue of a stray cat that became stuck up a 50 foot tree.

The female cat, which is a stray, is looked after by staff at Ty Newydd Country Hotel which is located on Penderyn Road, Hirwaun, Aberdare.

RSPCA inspector Gemma Cooper said the rescue on 19 January was a success thanks to all partners involved.

“The cat probably chased a squirrel up there,” she said. “The hotel staff feed her everyday so they noticed she was missing.

“It was a 50 foot tree, and it was impossible for her to get down as there were no lower branches.

“South Wales Fire & Rescue Service attended and a hydraulic platform was used to rescue her.

“The cat is a stray but the staff have been feeding her for the last six months and she sometimes sleeps in the hotel reception.”

Proprietor of Ty Newydd Country Hotel, Melanie Hillier, said: “We still haven’t really agreed on a name for her, although some call her ‘Carrie’ after the new Caradog’s Restaurant.

“We don’t know where she came from, she just turned up around six or seven months ago.

“I would like to thank the RSPCA for their time and help with the rescue and all the staff greatly appreciate the effort everyone made on a very cold evening.”

If you spot an animal in distress, please call the RSPCA’s 24-hour helpline on 0300 1234 999.

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