This is the moment the fire brigade set about rescuing a cat stuck 75ft up a massive fir tree.
The hapless feline spent more than 24 hours clinging to a protruding branch after scrambling up the side of the tree's 100ft trunk to escape a chasing dog.
Two animal rescue groups and the fire brigade were called to the scene in Torrington, Devon, to rescue the stuck cat.
Head for heights: A cat perches on a branch 75ft off the ground. The animal was so high up that a fireman's ladder couldn't reach it
But the animal was perched so far off the ground that the firefighters' ladder was not long enough to reach it.
After hours of trying to coax the animal down a tree surgeon was called to climb the mighty fir.
He managed to scale the massive stem and shook the branch to release the cat - which fell to the ground and, incredibly, was caught in a coat.
Stuart Ford, of the Society for the Protection and Re-Homing of Animals, held his jacket outstretched to catch the furry creature.
One animal worker said the cat made 'no attempt to come down'
But after it was caught the cat managed wriggled free and ran off.
'It was making no attempt to come down and it must have been up there all night,' said Mr Ford. 'It had not had any food or water and it had become quite hot in the sun.
'The cat was 75ft up. It was one hell of a job to get the cat down, and it is lucky to be alive because he was stuck right above a concrete path.'
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