Council coordinates Cooroy kitten rescue
  • Wednesday 01 October 2008

It was a happy ending for a Cooroy kitten trapped for three days high in a tree within the Cooroy Cemetery last week.

A neighbour living next to the cemetery contacted Sunshine Coast Council last Thursday after hearing the kitten crying for three days.

Local laws officer, Mark Revere, responded to the call and searched for the stranded kitten, which was found firmly wedged high up in a pine tree.

“On inspection of the situation it was obvious that not even a cherry picker could reach the kitten, so I contacted Council’s depot to arrange for an arborist to come to the rescue,” Mr Revere said.

While waiting for the arborist, Mr Revere then called the RSPCA to check whether someone was missing a kitten in the area. The Weatherley family of Cooroy were then contacted as they had earlier spoken with the RSPCA advising that their beloved family pet, five month old Salty, had been missing for eight days.

When arborist Farrell Smith arrived, he donned tree climbing gear, scaled the pine tree with spiked boots and was able to free distressed Salty.

“The poor mite was pretty dehydrated after such a long time trapped in the tree,” Mr Smith said.

“I’m just glad, with a coordinated effort, we were able to reach Salty in time.”

Salty’s owner Leesa Weatherley was relieved there was a happy ending to the saga.

“I’m very grateful the Sunshine Coast Council was able to coordinate the rescue of our beloved family member,” Mrs Weatherley said.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to all those who were involved. Our two boys, Hayden and Travis, are delighted to have Salty back.”

As part of Council’s community service, local laws officers respond to numerous calls of this nature where pets and wildlife need assistance on public open space.