For six days firefighters tried to save five-year-old Hatty who had become snagged in a small enclave of the Royal Albert Bridge in Plymouth.
The cat's nearness to passing trains was a concern to rescuers who tried for almost a week to tease her from her foothold and bring her to safety.
A ‘major rescue operation’ was undertaken, according to the BBC, which involved Hatty’s owner, firefighters, the RSPCA and Network Rail.
Firefighters ‘hacked’ through undergrowth beneath the bridge's floor beams in an effort to reach the cat.
Second rescue abandoned…
Just as Hatty’s owner Kirsty Howden was about to leave her house to join a second rescue attempt there was a mewing at the door. Howden was shocked to discover Hatty standing proud and demanding to be let in.
Unbeknown to rescuers at the scene Hatty had found a way back from the brink and had walked the short distance back home.
Rescuers abandoned their efforts and shared their sense of relief with the cat's owner.
‘She is a bit skinny and smelly,’ Howden told the BBC, ‘very vocal and has now headed upstairs and put herself to bed’.
The cat had been missing for two weeks before being spotted by a member of the public who called in help.
According to the Plymouth Herald Kirsty Howden said she was ‘shocked and elated’ when her cat turned up. She had ‘strolled past fire and media crews’ waiting for the second rescue mission to start.
‘She is going to stay inside,’ Howden later said. ‘We haven’t broken it to her yet but yes, we’re going to try and make her a house-cat for a bit because I don’t want anymore adventures on the bridges.’