Freeport firefighters save scaredy cat: Not even an extension ladder can reach Libbi, at 30 feet up

Published: Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 09:05 AM.

“The ladder was just about five feet short getting to her,” he said. “We had Whedon go up and coax her down a little bit.”

The drama began five days prior to the rescue when the Siamese kitten showed up in Judy Wiemar’s neighborhood. None of her neighbors knew where it had come from.

Wiemar took the kitten to the vet, had her de-wormed, tested and cleaned, while planning on keeping her. The veterinarian estimated the three-pound kitten to be about three months old.

“I named her yesterday; I called her Libbi,” she said.

Wiemar said she had to leave the kitten outside at night because she didn’t want her dog to go after it. Rather than hunker down for the night, the cat headed up, up, up a pine tree in Wiemar’s back yard.

After finding the kitty in the tree, Wiemar first tried to lure her down by coaxing her with food.

“She wanted to come down, but she kept losing her grip … it scared her,” said Wiemar.

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