Fearless Rescuers Rappel Down Cliff To Save A Cat

Caters_NewsPublished: November 14, 2017460 views
Published: November 14, 2017

In this incredible video we can see rescuers from the Small Animal rescue Team, SmART, joining their forces to save a cat by putting their lives at risk. The team had to rappel down a daunting cliff face in order to save a trapped cat. The black feline, named Zion, had become stranded roughly 150 feet down the steep pitch, unable to climb back to the top or reach safe ground below.

That is when fearless rescuers Gaby Lera and Annette Ramirez were called to the scene, in Los Angeles, California, USA, on October 29, capturing the entire rescue mission using their head cameras.

Did you know that SmART is the first small animal urban rescue team? SmART was created because there was a demand for a team dedicated to rescuing animals stuck in extreme situations on a regular basis. Armando Navarrete, of SmART Los Angeles, says that this rescue was not very typical because they usually get calls for cats stuck in pipes, between walls, up power poles or up in trees, so this was the first ‘Cat over a cliff’ rescue, and they did a great job!

Each holding a net on the end of a pole, Gaby and Annette rappelled down to the frightened Zion, who was extremely resistant to getting into either nets. Eventually, Gaby and Annette managed to capture the cat, and successfully rescued Zion.The cat was reunited with her family and suffered only a few broken nails from trying to scale the cliff.

Los Angeles is very fortunate to have a team like SmART which rescues about 300 animals a year, large or small, domestic or wild, owned or stray, who would otherwise die in a horrific way. We encourage them to continue saving animals’ lives.

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