A terrified cat has been rescued from a tree in Nantymoel, near Bridgend, after joint action from RSPCA Cymru and South Wales Fire & Rescue Service.

Rhubarb became trapped around 20 feet up a tree on Wednesday (12 October). Though the cat was in good health and responsive, he appeared both rigid and scared and was hardly moving.

There were further concerns about the welfare of the cat, due to the speed of winds, meaning the top of the tree – where the cat was located – swayed from side to side. Branches on the tree were thin and unstable, restricting the cat’s ability to get down, as he called out in distress.

IMG_20161013_152140772RSPCA Cymru attended the scene after a call from the cat’s owners. Rescue attempts were initially thwarted due to the unstable nature of the tree – so the fire and rescue service were called, and were able to bring the cat to safety by sawing away branches, and attaching rope to the tree to pull him onto a neighbouring shed roof.

Nicole Wallace, RSPCA animal collection officer, said: “Approximately 20 foot off the ground, and with the wind picking up, poor Rhubarb got himself into a right pickle! “It was a tricky rescue, and Rhubarb was clearly in distress. He was very still and seemed terrified – so, goodness knows how he got himself into such a precarious situation!

“This rescue emphasises the importance of joint-working to support animal welfare. By working with South Wales Fire & Rescue Service, we were able to bring the cat back to safety. Fortunately, Rhubarb is now doing well with his family after this ordeal!”

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