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Lucy sure picked a bad day to get stuck in a tree. This two-year-old gray tabby girl got stuck in the next-door neighbor's tree in Greenwell Springs on the day that tropical storm Cristobal passed through the area. She was 45 feet high on the lowest limb of this tall tree and suffered all day and night as the frequent, and oftentimes heavy, rains fell. It was fortunate that the area was spared the worst of the storm, but it was still a miserable place to be, and she let everyone know it. Ashley found Lucy when she was a small kitten under a car in the parking lot of her workplace. Lucy was the only survivor of a litter that was found in the nearby woods close to a busy road, so Ashley took her home and adopted her into her family. Lucy settled in very well and even became friends with her canine sister, Bella. Lucy likes to visit her next-door neighbor, Cheryl, because Cheryl is generous with treats and attention, and it was Cheryl's backyard tree that now held Lucy pris

Gus the Cockatoo

Cats are not the only pets that get stuck in trees. I have rescued an iguana before ( Dino, the iguana ), and my Mississippi cat rescuer colleague and friend, Bob Reese , has even rescued a dog in a tree ( Bawlie -- The overzealous climbing coon dawg ). That is rare, of course, but even more rare is the rescue my North Carolina cat rescuer colleague and friend, Patrick Brandt , did for a coatimundi ( Tangled coati rescued from treetop ). Yes, I had to look it up, too. Of course, more commonly, it is the escaped pet bird that gets into a tree, but they don't typically get stuck. I have been called to rescue a few pet birds before, but I typically refer those callers to a bird expert who will tell them exactly what to do to get the bird to come to them. That is the most successful way to rescue a bird, because installing a rope in the tree or climbing up to it usually scares it away. This case, however, was different. This was a case where the bird had a leash attached to his