Stubborn Moggles prefers palm tree to pats
Four nights up the treeLEIGHTON KEITH
The temptation of food failed, as did the ladder. Not even the intervention of the SPCA or a cherry picker worked.
So Moggles couldn't be saved from a fourth night on a precarious perch 10 metres up a Waitara phoenix palm.
The juvenile cat was discovered on Saturday by Cameron St resident Sue Kepa.
She first heard the cat crying as she worked in her garden.
"I think my neighbour thought I was a bit crazy," she said.
Miss Kepa went to check on her own seven cats, which were all present and accounted for, before heading back to her flower beds.
"I could still hear this crying and I went over to my neighbour and said ‘see I'm not crazy, there's a little kitten up there'."
During the next few days, Miss Kepa and other residents attempted to coax the young cat down with food and tried to reach it using ladders. But to no avail.
"If we had have got it down, I would have looked after it until the SPCA came."
It is not known who the cat belongs to but Miss Kepa believes it might have been dumped in the area.
The SPCA was called and on Monday staff spent several hours trying to get the cat, dubbed "Moggles", out of the tree using a cherry picker. Again with no luck.
"As soon as they go to it, it would take off," Miss Kepa said.
She was concerned for the cat's welfare with yesterday's rain.
North Taranaki SPCA spokeswoman Jackie Poles Smith said the little cat was in good condition.
"We are just going to wait in the hope that it will come down on its own," she said.
"If we just leave it a bit longer and it gets a bit hungrier, it might come down."
Ms Poles Smith said SPCA staff would revisit the scene today to see if the kitten was still in the tree.
"We'll assess it from there and see if we can come up with a plan to get it out."
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