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Lupine May 7, 2012 12:07 PM

Lupine - hero mode engaged
 
Okay, not really. :p

Got home around 8pm last night, wrapping up a ~5hr drive from Walla Walla. Our neighbor kid was just finishing up taking care of our hordes of animals when we drove in and, after visiting for awhile, he told me a cat was stuck up a tree at another neighbor's house - he'd offered to climb the tree, but that neighbor had said he wasn't willing to trade a human life for a cat's life. So, we mosey over there take a look.

Family is outside, trying to coax the ~3mo old kitten down. Kitten is yowling desperately, not surprising since it had been up there for nearly two days. I can barely make it out, about 100' up in a cedar tree. Cedar trees have great climbing limbs, though this particular tree's limbs weren't very stout, so I figured I could give it a shot. John (neighbor) says he hadn't let the other neighbor boy climb it because he doesn't know him well enough to gauge his skill etc (John just moved in a few months ago). For some reason he is foolish enough to think I'm capable of the climb. I go get an extension ladder to get me past the dead limbs, grab a day-pack, and start climbing - praying the whole way that 1) I'll select the right branches and 2) the kitten won't climb higher in fear.

Not sure how long it took, only felt like 5min or so to get within 5' of the kitten. Cute little black & white thing and it was cool hearing its yowl turn to a more gentle meow, as it tried to descend down to me. I kept talking to it, carefully opened up the day-pack, and was able to pick it up by the nap of the neck and zip it in safely. Yowling returned, but it stayed secure while I slowly made my way back down the tree.

Got to the ground safely, amid clapping & back-slaps. One of their daughters got the kitten out of the pack and gave it food & water. Feels good to be helpful, and hope the kitten learned a valuable lesson about how going up is a bit different than coming back down!

sittal May 7, 2012 12:13 PM

How long till it goes back up there? :bleh:

Lupine May 7, 2012 12:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sittal (Post 1336918715)
How long till it goes back up there? :bleh:

I'd give it a day or two.

**G.I.BRO** May 7, 2012 12:24 PM

Nice one lups! i dont think many would do such a thing. :up:
My previous cat never learned. She didnt know how to back up, climbing or walking... srlsy wtf, so whenever she climbed something she would get stuck unless she could jump down. Funny as hell to watch her looking for help :lol:

Redshirt_X May 7, 2012 12:25 PM

Hey, heroes come in all forms, so...


jsmc May 7, 2012 12:46 PM

Hmm a wolf saves a kitten. There has to be a fable in there somewhere.

KAC May 7, 2012 12:53 PM

Cool story, bro! :up:

curio May 7, 2012 12:57 PM

Damn, 100' is no joke - well done sir

nrs421 May 7, 2012 12:59 PM

next time tie yourself to the tree. 100 feet is a hell of a fall.

VW_Factor May 7, 2012 01:18 PM

Holy moly! Hero mode indeed!

Lupine May 7, 2012 01:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nrs421 (Post 1336918754)
next time get tie yourself to the tree. 100 feet is a hell of a fall.

I agree. I've got plenty of rock-climbing gear (rope & slings if nothing else) that would cross-over nicely to tree climbing ... better safe than sorry. Limbs were plenty strong for climbing, since I kept my footholds / handholds snug against the trunk, but no way those limbs (max 2" diameter) would have stopped much of a fall.

caveman-jim May 7, 2012 01:45 PM

was it a gay kitten?

Lupine May 7, 2012 01:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by caveman-jim (Post 1336918787)
was it a gay kitten?

KAC wasn't there, so I don't think so.

caveman-jim May 7, 2012 02:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lupine (Post 1336918798)
KAC wasn't there, so I don't think so.

I think we'd all already guessed it was furry....

GravY May 7, 2012 02:50 PM

Super Lupine to the Rescue!

:up:

Sasquach May 7, 2012 02:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jsmc (Post 1336918745)
Hmm a wolf saves a kitten. There has to be a fable in there somewhere.

wolf was hungry, but with so many people watching, not a good idea to eat kitty.

wonder squirrel May 7, 2012 03:35 PM

I thought this would be a thread about how you gained super human strength and lifted your broken tractor and tossed it up into the tree to knock the cat down safely to the ground leaving said broken tractor stuck 100ft above the ground.

Come to think of it, you should tell the story like that from now on. :bleh:

bete May 7, 2012 03:45 PM

Yet another reason why dogs are superior to cats.

When was the last time you heard about a dog getting stuck up a tree?;)

curio May 7, 2012 03:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bete (Post 1336918912)
Yet another reason why dogs are superior to cats.

When was the last time you heard about a dog getting stuck up a tree?;)

Call me crazy, but that probably has less to do with intelligence and something more to do with the fact that most dogs can't climb trees. :bleh:

VW_Factor May 7, 2012 03:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by curio (Post 1336918917)
Call me crazy, but that probably has less to do with intelligence and something more to do with the fact that most dogs can't climb trees. :bleh:

I could only imagine how that would suck. There would be stray dogs up in trees everywhere. :lol:

****ing disaster!

curio May 7, 2012 03:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by VW_Factor (Post 1336918929)
I could only imagine how that would suck. There would be stray dogs up in trees everywhere. :lol:

****ing disaster!

:lol:

And the squirrel would go extinct

bete May 7, 2012 04:16 PM

Ohhh, Wonder Squirrel ain't gonna like this.


Dr. Zhivago May 7, 2012 06:02 PM

Nice job! :up:

Uber_Tiny May 7, 2012 06:10 PM


Hyrax May 7, 2012 06:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lupine (Post 1336918711)
Okay, not really. :p

Got home around 8pm last night, wrapping up a ~5hr drive from Walla Walla. Our neighbor kid was just finishing up taking care of our hordes of animals when we drove in and, after visiting for awhile, he told me a cat was stuck up a tree at another neighbor's house - he'd offered to climb the tree, but that neighbor had said he wasn't willing to trade a human life for a cat's life. So, we mosey over there take a look.

Family is outside, trying to coax the ~3mo old kitten down. Kitten is yowling desperately, not surprising since it had been up there for nearly two days. I can barely make it out, about 100' up in a cedar tree. Cedar trees have great climbing limbs, though this particular tree's limbs weren't very stout, so I figured I could give it a shot. John (neighbor) says he hadn't let the other neighbor boy climb it because he doesn't know him well enough to gauge his skill etc (John just moved in a few months ago). For some reason he is foolish enough to think I'm capable of the climb. I go get an extension ladder to get me past the dead limbs, grab a day-pack, and start climbing - praying the whole way that 1) I'll select the right branches and 2) the kitten won't climb higher in fear.

Not sure how long it took, only felt like 5min or so to get within 5' of the kitten. Cute little black & white thing and it was cool hearing its yowl turn to a more gentle meow, as it tried to descend down to me. I kept talking to it, carefully opened up the day-pack, and was able to pick it up by the nap of the neck and zip it in safely. Yowling returned, but it stayed secure while I slowly made my way back down the tree.

Got to the ground safely, amid clapping & back-slaps. One of their daughters got the kitten out of the pack and gave it food & water. Feels good to be helpful, and hope the kitten learned a valuable lesson about how going up is a bit different than coming back down!


Fat_Daddy_Cool May 7, 2012 08:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lupine (Post 1336918711)
Okay, not really. :p

Got home around 8pm last night, wrapping up a ~5hr drive from Walla Walla. Our neighbor kid was just finishing up taking care of our hordes of animals when we drove in and, after visiting for awhile, he told me a cat was stuck up a tree at another neighbor's house - he'd offered to climb the tree, but that neighbor had said he wasn't willing to trade a human life for a cat's life. So, we mosey over there take a look.

Family is outside, trying to coax the ~3mo old kitten down. Kitten is yowling desperately, not surprising since it had been up there for nearly two days. I can barely make it out, about 100' up in a cedar tree. Cedar trees have great climbing limbs, though this particular tree's limbs weren't very stout, so I figured I could give it a shot. John (neighbor) says he hadn't let the other neighbor boy climb it because he doesn't know him well enough to gauge his skill etc (John just moved in a few months ago). For some reason he is foolish enough to think I'm capable of the climb. I go get an extension ladder to get me past the dead limbs, grab a day-pack, and start climbing - praying the whole way that 1) I'll select the right branches and 2) the kitten won't climb higher in fear.

Not sure how long it took, only felt like 5min or so to get within 5' of the kitten. Cute little black & white thing and it was cool hearing its yowl turn to a more gentle meow, as it tried to descend down to me. I kept talking to it, carefully opened up the day-pack, and was able to pick it up by the nap of the neck and zip it in safely. Yowling returned, but it stayed secure while I slowly made my way back down the tree.

Got to the ground safely, amid clapping & back-slaps. One of their daughters got the kitten out of the pack and gave it food & water. Feels good to be helpful, and hope the kitten learned a valuable lesson about how going up is a bit different than coming back down!

You are now considered Hero called Lupinex Rex, the animal man. Take the responsibility and power that comes with that and always know that there is a kitten giving you the thumbs up.

ASCI Blue May 7, 2012 08:45 PM

good jorb Lupy.

OzzieBloke May 7, 2012 09:49 PM

Good work. :up:

Meteor May 8, 2012 12:36 AM

Good job, sir! :super:

Lupine May 8, 2012 07:12 PM

nom nom nom :D :drool:



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