A cat in Californian named “Fat Boy” was rescued Tuesday from the top of a 13-meters high power pole in Fresno, where he had been stuck for nine days The Fresno Bee reports.
The owner of the black-and-white feline Andrew Perez wasn’t sure how the cat got up there, but guessed that a neighborhood dog may have scared him.
The cat’s human family was worried for their pet, so the fire department and other local agencies referred them to power company Pacific Gas and Electric, according to ABC News.
“It’s not a simple thing to climb a power pole and get a cat down,” PG&E spokesman Denny Boyles told the Fresno Bee. “The first thing we have to do is de-energize the line – it’s a 12,000-volt line. The safety of the two guys who went up on the pole, and the crew member on the ground, has to be our first priority every time.
He said they usually “wait out” cats on poles, and the felines typically come down on their own, but after Fat Boy had been up there so long, they had to take action. In order for workers to get him, the company had to shut off power to about 250 homes for a few hours.