Feral Kitty Rescue
I came out first thing the next morning, meowed with the kitty from the ground, and started into the beautiful red oak expecting a straightforward rescue. When I got into the tree however the kitty went to the far edge of the crown and wouldn't come back to me no matter what I tried. After 30 minutes of waiting, singing, calling, and later, gentle shaking and prodding, I decided to cut the branch the kitty was on and pull it toward me. That worked as planned and I got the cat in my open-top rescue net, but as I tried to get him into the rescue bag he climbed out of the net, over me, back toward the trunk of the tree, jumped onto the grass below from a low branch and ran off across the street.
The kitty and I want to thank all those who donate to the rescue relief fund because you all made this rescue possible. Thank you!