PICO RIVERA (CBSLA) — Mikey the cat made the mistake of a lifetime when he climbed a nearly 100-foot tall palm tree in Pico Rivera two weeks ago.
The orange tabby was stuck in the fronds of the tree on Rosemead Boulevard for nearly two weeks after local agencies — the fire department, sheriff’s department and animal control — could not find a ladder tall enough to reach the top of the tree.READ MORE: Trio Of 55-Gallon Drums Found Leaking Motor Oil In Redlands Citrus Grove
But on Monday night, Mikey’s ordeal finally came to an end after a crane operator, hired by PETA and Miles Burkart from the city’s special mobile animal rescue team, attempted to pluck the feline from the tree. Mikey jumped out of the tree and landed on a series of nets placed below the tree to break his fall before running off.READ MORE: LA Facing $550M Revenue Shortfall On Sharp Declines In Transient, Parking Occupancy Taxes
Mikey’s owner later found the scared cat and was able to bring him back home for some much needed love and care.
“This exhausted little indoor cat slipped out by accident and endured a terrifying experience, which thankfully ended with his safe return to his loving guardian,” says PETA Senior Director of Cruelty Casework Stephanie Bell. “PETA urges everyone always to keep an eye out for animals in need and never to leave them to fend for themselves.”MORE NEWS: Irv Cross, Former Rams Player And Broadcast Pioneer, Dies At 81
PETA covered the $4,000 cost of the crane and the licensed operator to rescue the cat.