A west Hull street was closed off on Wednesday as fire crews retrieved a cat which had been stuck in a tree overnight.
Scott Hoggard and Leanne Emery, of Westbourne Avenue, were walking their house cat, Babooshka, on the street outside their home on Tuesday when their feline friend darted up a tree.
Mr Hoggard explained: “We have indoor cats so we take them out on leads and yesterday morning we took Babooshka out.
“Then this man came by and was walking with his dog off a lead and it obviously spooked Babooska.
“She had her lead on but the Velcro isn't that great on it and it came loose and she darted up a tree outside a house two doors down.”
But this was just the start of the fiasco.
By the time Babooska was retrieved on Wednesday afternoon she had spent the previous 24 hours stuck up three different trees.
Mr Hoggard said: “She was in that first tree for a while and we got a tree surgeon out and then she jumped out of that tree and just ran over to a much bigger tree and she was there all night.
“So we’ve been out all night sat on a wall near the tree and neither of us have slept.
“She was still up there this morning, so we called the RSPCA and various tree surgeons and they came and did the business.”
Staff from the RSPCA and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service were called to the scene and the Chanterlands Avenue entry to Westbourne Avenue was temporarily closed as crews worked to get Babooska down safely.
Fire fighters held out a life net to break Babooshka’s fall but she missed the sheet, landing on the street below before heading up yet another tree.
Mr Hoggard said: “They got her down but they sort of prodded her with the net and she just fell and although they had something to catch her with they missed.
“She’d gone all the way up, so she fell from the top of the tree and then she just bolted half way down Westbourne Ave to another tree.
“But this time a neighbour ran after her and managed to get her down with her own fishing net. That was about 1.30pm and then that was it.
“We’re feeling very relieved.
“I’m going to have to go to bed, we haven’t slept all night and neither has Leanne.
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“I may well have a little drink to celebrate her return and then I’ll be getting some shut eye.”
A spokeswoman for Humberside Fire and Rescue said: “Our crews were assisting the RSPCA in retrieving a cat from a tree.
“We received a call at 12.20pm and sent crews from Central and Clough Road with one engine and one small engine.
“Crews used our working at heights gear in the operation and left the scene around an hour after arrival.”