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'Fat Boy' Rescue: Cat Finally Down From Utility Pole After 9 Days

(Video via The Fresno Bee)

By    |   Wednesday, 23 Nov 2016 06:40 PM

“Fat Boy,” a large cat stuck for nine days on a 45-foot utility pole in a Fresno, California, neighborhood, was finally rescued Tuesday by power crews who had to cut power to nearby homes.

The cat’s owner, 14-year-old Andrew Perez, said he thought Fat Boy scooted up the pole after being scared by a dog. According to the New York Daily News, Perez and his family asked arborists, firefighters, and others for help, but it wasn’t until they asked Pacific Gas and Electric Co. that they got the help they needed.

After cutting power to 250 homes in the neighborhood and surrounding area, the linemen climbed the pole and plucked the cat from its perch atop the pole, securing it in a carrier for the trip down.

The feline was a little dehydrated and very hungry, but Paw Lives Matter owner Silver Villa, who helped with efforts to find someone who would rescue the cat, treated him with IV fluids after his rescue. “He’s pretty healthy for being up there this long,” Villa said, the Daily News reported.

“Typically in our experience, cats get hungry or thirsty and come back down,” PG&E spokesman Denny Boyles said, according to CBS News, adding that cats often come down on their own when linemen climb up the pole to get them.

Perez was thrilled to have the cat rescued at last. “He’s a nice cat,” Perez told the Fresno Bee of Fat Boy. “I was scared.”

The PG&E workers installed plastic guards on the pole to prevent animals from climbing it in the future.

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"Fat Boy," a large cat stuck for nine days on a 45-foot utility pole in a Fresno, California, neighborhood, was finally rescued Tuesday by power crews who had to cut power to nearby homes.
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