Firefighters rescuing cats stuck on trees is a well-known trope. A team of firefighters from Cambridgeshire, England however, recently saved a cat … and a person from a tree.

Emily Whitton, a friend of the cat’s guardian Saskia Cornwell, saw the kitty, Bella, up in the tree and didn’t hesitate to step in. Unfortunately, it didn’t go as smoothly as she planned.


When the 13-week-old Bella snuck out of the house and darted up a 60-ft tree, Whitton took the situation into her own hands and decided to climb the tree and rescue the baby, The Telegraph reports. But once next to Bella, she discovered that she was now stuck as well.

Finding both her kitten and her friend stranded among the branches, Cornwell called Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue. Firefighters from Dogsthorpe soon arrived and helped the duo down the tree. “It was a ridiculous situation, but Bella loved all the attention. I’ve kept her inside ever since her adventure,” Cornwell said.


Thanks to the help of firefighters, both the feline and the human heroines of this story got back to the ground unharmed. Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue also seized the opportunity to remind the public that animal rescues are often dangerous and should be attempted responsibly.

“We know that people love animals and would risk their own lives to save a family pet or other animal in distress,” the fire brigade said in a statement. “Our advice would always be to avoid putting yourself in danger and to contact the RSPCA in the first instance.”

If you ever find an animal in need of assistance, always contact a professional before stepping in. For a list of a few animal rescues that could help, click here.


All image source: Cambs Fire & Rescue/Twitter