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May 13, 2021
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Norfolk, Virginia. – BUT new MAP video released today shows the rescue of a little black cat named Wendy, who was brought back to solid ground after spending four days clinging to life on a tree branch high above the ground. Unlike squirrels, which can rotate their ankles to descend, cats cannot lower back or forward.
A concerned neighbor heard Wendy’s screams, but local authorities did not help – so she called the PETA hotline, and the group urgently brought an experienced tree climber to the scene. He climbed the trunk and finally managed to save her, although she was so scared that she began to climb even higher up the tree, and then switched to another branch, which required a separate climb.
After she recovered from her ordeal, PETA found a loving family to adopt.
“One call from a worried neighbor made a big difference to this little kitty,” says PETA vice president Colleen O’Brien. “PETA hopes that her dramatic rescue will inspire people to keep an eye and always come to the aid of animals in need – whether by yourself or by calling a professional. “
PETA notes that cats that are allowed to walk outdoors can easily get stuck in trees or be attacked by predators or violent people –as well as they can become predators themselves, killing songbirds and other small animals. Street cats also run the risk of ingesting poisons and pesticides, contracting diseases from other animals, getting lost or getting knocked off a car, and more, which is why PETA encourages guardians to keep cats indoors with catio and give them more time and affection.
PETA, whose motto is in part that “animals are not in our hands to be abused in any way,” is opposed to arrogance, a worldview focused on human superiority. For more information please visit PETA.org or subscribe to the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram…