Fat Boy was in trouble, and no one would help. For nine days, the black-and-white cat — who earned his name from his husky size — was stuck on top of a pole that supported power lines, 45 feet in the air.
Finally, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. linemen rescued the cat on November 22 in Fresno, California, the Fresno Bee reports. Workers climbed the pole, put Fat Boy in a crate and lowered him down to Andrew Perez, the cat’s owner.
“We called everyone — anyone that could help, but they didn’t come,” 14-year-old Perez told the news outlet. “He’s a nice cat. He probably went up there because he got scared by a dog. I was scared.”
Fat Boy had endured wind and rain over the weekend but still wouldn’t come down. Perez and family said they reached out to the fire department and other agencies for help for more than a week, without luck.
They reached a nonprofit called Paw Lives Matter, who contacted local tree services. They all, as well, declined to retrieve the cat.
PG&E eventually agreed to do the job but had to cut power to 250 homes during the rescue.
“It’s not a simple thing to climb a power pole and get a cat down,” company spokesman Denny Boyles told the news outlet.
Paw Lives Matter owner Silver Villa gave Fat Boy fluids when he came down from the pole. Fat Boy started eating right away and looked healthy. Although it was a long ordeal, looks like things will be just fine.