A frightened cat who managed to get herself stuck on a 30 foot high concrete support beam has been rescued and returned to her owner.
The RSPCA was contacted by a worried member of the public after spotting the tabby cat on a concrete support beam underneath the North Road flyover at the Gabalfa roundabout in Cardiff.
To help with the rescue, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service were called.
RSPCA animal collection officer (ACO) Fiona Thomas said: “The cat was unable to get down and had been there for a few days. We weren’t sure how she managed to get up there, but she may have walked along the drains.
“We had hoped she may have found her way down the way she got there, but she was obviously very frightened and didn’t know how to get down.
“Cardiff Central Fire Station – Red Watch arrived at the scene and using a ladder they managed to get close enough to the cat to bring her to safety.
“We really would like to express our thanks to the fire service for their assistance in bringing this cat down safety.
“In particular Crew Manager Kevin Dite went above and beyond to ensure the welfare of the cat.”
Once safety on the ground, ACO Fiona Thomas took the cat to a nearby vet to check she was ok and to scan her for a microchip.
“We were delighted to find out that she had been chipped and her name was Wickie.
“I phoned her owner straight away and they came to pick her up. This really does show the importance of microchipping your pets. As if they do get lost their owner can be identified.”
The cat named Wicken is owned by Helen Palmer, who was shocked by her adventure.
“I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “Wicken is such a friendly cat, she is one of those cats who will follow anyone. She is one-a-half and we had her since she was five weeks old.”
She added that she would urge all pet owners to get their animals microchipped.
“All my cats are chipped,” she said. “It is one of those things people should do straight away when they get an animal. You never know what could happen. I urge people to get their cats microchipped – 100 per cent.
“I would like to thank the RSPCA and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service for rescuing Wicken and bringing her home.”
If you spot an animal in distress, please call the RSPCA’s 24-hour helpline on 0300 1234 999.
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