A cat was trapped 60 feet off the ground, crying for help, just out of the reach of rescue crews, until today.
Sorbet (pronounced "Sherbet") the cat has been stuck 60 feet off the ground since Sunday, hungry, thirsty and crying out for help.
Calling out to Sorbet, tossing treats into the tree and climbing a ladder are just some of the things Katelyn McDonald tried over the past four days to get Sorbet down.
A tree trimmer tried a rescue, but scared the cat 20 feet higher.
Katelyn got desperate, and pleaded with area fire departments to help.
East Shelby Fire Chief Mike Fuller said "I've been with the fire company 37 years. Normally a cat will come out of a tree."
Despite that, Fuller knew he had to help sooner than later.
But he also knew his 24-foot ladder wouldn't come close to the frightened feline, so he began calling in some far reaching friends.
He added "I'm an animal lover. I have a feeling for the cat and there's only so much resources I have at my calling to try. We've tried for 2 days here, hopefully this is a success story this time."
A crew from National Grid took the ladder up as far as it would go. Stretching, reaching, but Sorbet wouldnt jump.
Katelyn was heartbroken when the bucket came down empty.
She said "It's hard. I can't just give up on her. I'm not the kind to give up."
Then, the National Grid driver had an idea. He knew of a tree trimmer with the tools to fetch the cat that could be on the scene within minutes.
The Asplundh Tree Company showed up and saved the day.
"He was hungry, scared, wanted to get down. But when he saw me I thought he was gonna jump at first so I grabbed him real quick and then he cries the whole way down, scratched me a little bit but it went well...I'm glad that they were reunited and the cat's safe and job well done. Nobody got hurt, the cat didn't get hurt. Happy endings."
Katelyn is very happy to have Sorbet back, plans on keeping a closer eye on her in the future.