So many unanswered questions. From where did this small tortie kitten come? Where are her siblings and mama? Why is she 20 feet high in this tree? How long has she been there?
Amanda and Catherine heard it cry in their backyard. They were unable to locate it because it did not cry often, and it could not possibly be seen from the ground because it was 20 feet high in the large branch union of a very large tree. It was not until the kitten poked her head over the edge that they finally saw it, and at that point they called me to see if I could help.
The first time I saw the kitten was when I climbed up above her. I am not good at estimating the age of a cat, but this kitten appeared to be somewhere between eight and twelve weeks old. She was nestled in the space between some very large branches rising above her on all sides. She was on the opposite side of the trunk from me, and if I were to reach through the small gap between the branches blocking my access to her, I would just barely be able to touch her. The space created by this branch union had two levels, and she was on the lower one about a foot below the upper one.
I climbed back up to her and worked my way out a limb that put me fairly close to her. Once I was secured there, I prepared my long rescue pole and net. I managed to get the noose under her body fairly easily this time, so I lifted her off the limb and put her inside the net. I released the noose and took her down. This cute, little two-or-three-pound bundle of fur caused me a ton of trouble, but I finally got her.
I released her in a cage that Amanda and Catherine had prepared for her. The kitten was scared, but we covered the cage and she calmed down. Within a few minutes, she was eating the food that she had earlier refused to let me even show her. Amanda and Catherine are going to post on the usual websites to find the owner, but if no owner is found, they have a cat-loving friend who will take responsibility for her and find a home for her.