Cat stuck on Peterborough pole for three days

A stray black cat is perched at the top of a hydro pole located in a backyard on Thursday, February...

A stray black cat is perched at the top of a hydro pole located in a backyard on Thursday, February 20, 2014 on McKellar St. in Peterborough. (CLIFFORD SKARSTEDT/Peterborough Examiner/QMI Agency)

Sarah Deeth, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:03 PM ET

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. — A black cat was stuck atop a pole on McKellar St. in Peterborough for three days after city police, firefighters and hydro workers all refused to rescue it.

A large crowd of concerned citizens gathered underneath the critter.

By mid-afternoon, the cat was back on the ground, Peterborough Utilities reports. How it got down is not clear.

But in the hours prior, the cat attracted attention from across the city and beyond as social media users told its tale via Twitter and Facebook.

The animal’s plight spread rapidly through social media, quickly resulting in its own Twitter hashtag, #SaveMcKellarKitty, and its own Twitter parody account, @PtboPoleCat.

City police Const. Keith Calderwood said he sympathized with the animal’s plight, but police aren’t trained to go up poles and bring down cats.

“Cats are smart animals,” he said. “They come down on their own at some point.

(CLIFFORD SKARSTEDT/QMI Agency)


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