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Cat safe after being stuck in tree for 5 days in Batavia

Published: Saturday, March 9, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, March 9, 2013 6:52 a.m. CDT
(Photo by Jodi Dazzo)
This cat, nicknamed "Astro Norris" was stuck in a tree for five days on Van Nortwick Avenue in Batavia. It was rescued by Aurora Tree Service employee Michael Lansdale.

BATAVIA – A cat that had spent five days stuck in a silver maple tree in Batavia is safe.

“She was not coming down,” said Jordan Repka, who said the domestic shorthair, tiger-striped cat climbed into a tree in her parents’ yard Sunday on Van Nortwick Avenue. The cat was brought out of the tree Thursday.

Aurora Tree Service employee Michael Lansdale said he spent about two hours at the house Thursday trying to catch the cat.

“When I got there, she was about 60 feet up the tree,” he said. “I tried to catch her, and she went all the way up to the top of the tree. She climbed as high as she could. I couldn’t believe it kept going higher.”

He said after he started shaking a branch, the cat fell to a lower branch, and then fell out of the tree onto a blanket designed to break its fall. Lisa Thom, of the group Homes for Endangered and Lost Pets, said the cat was in fine condition. The group helped in the rescue.

“She had a slight nose bleed,” Thom said. “It was terrified. It knew how to climb up, but it didn’t know how to get down.”

The cat now is recuperating at St. Charles Veterinary Clinic.

Repka, who lives a few blocks from her parents’ house, said she has no idea where the cat came from. But now it has a home.

“We offered to foster the cat, with the option of adoption,” she said. “My parents already have a dog and cat, and we first have to see how they get along.”

Her parents have nicknamed the cat Astro Norris, a reference to the toughness shown by actor Chuck Norris and her climbing escapades.

“She was a very tough cat to get out of the tree,” Repka said.

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