Emily's Looney Tunes Rescue
I never know what to expect on a given rescue attempt and this is especially true with a purely outdoor cat like Emily (nothing personal, Emily). Emily pulled what I refer to as a Looney Tunes rescue - as I went up one side of the tree, she came right down the other side. She got more and more nervous about my presence the closer to her I got and her stranger danger fears overcame her height fears, leading her to attempt a controlled kitty descent from the tree. The pictures above show it all. She was a natural at backing down the trunk, turning around at about 5 feet high, and jumping the rest of the way safely to the ground.
Within 30 minutes of the rescue Emily and Leon were catching up with each other on the front porch over a bowl of cat food. Hopefully if Emily ever finds herself in a tree again, she will remember that she knows the easiest way down.