A WHITBY fireman, known affectionately as ‘Kitty’ among his colleagues, received a painful nip while attempting to rescue a feral cat which had got stuck on top of a telegraph pole in Glaisdale on Tuesday.
Firefighter Andrew Los scaled a 9m ladder in an attempt to retrieve the cat, but when he reached the top the animal was not too pleased about being brought down, and a fierce struggle ensued.
Incident commander Brian Oakley, of Whitby fire service, said: “We got a call from the RSPCA requesting that we go out and rescue the cat.
“The animal was obviously stuck so Andy went up to it and we placed some salvage sheets below in case it jumped.
“He went up and as he was putting it in the bag it went ballistic and it bit him.”
The animal was stuck on top of a pole at Limber Hill Farm, and resident Julie Summerson witnessed the rescue: “The cat was having none of it and after biting and scratching the fireman it jumped and landed on the tarpaulin being held below.
“It sprang up and promptly ran away.
“We saw the cat later on stealing milk from a pail, so I’m glad to say it’s now doing fine.”
After the rescue the injured firefighter was taken to the doctors to receive a tetanus injection as the bite had pierced his skin.
Mr Oakley added: “I’ve been telling everyone it was a kitten.
“We’ve been having a bit of a joke with Andrew and have given him the nickname Kitty.”