NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Bear the cat, who spent 12 days in a tree in Eaton Township, was listed in critical condition at Northview Animal Hospital, according to workers there.
|Bear the cat, before his limb was sawed off.
In desperation, Bear`s owner David Limon sawed off the limb Monday that had been holding the cat since Halloween.
The limb Bear was on fell to the ground, and Bear fell off on the way down, Limon said.
Bear seemed awfully stiff after clinging to the tree for so long, but Limon didn`t feel any broken bones.
He had been planning to take the cat to a veterinarian Tuesday afternoon, but Eleanor Mittler of Erie Shores Human Society offered to cover the cat`s hospital costs.
Mittler said cats – and especially house cats like Bear – just don`t know how to get down a tree once they are up.
Most cats will come down on their own in three to five days and the record is 21 days for a cat in a tree, according to Nancy Peterson of the Humane Society of the United States. Tree services can be helpful, and young, sick or declawed cats should be rescued right away.
After a story appeared in The Chronicle on Tuesday, more than 20 people called or e-mailed suggestions, including several who offered the services of tree service professionals.
One man called the Columbia Township Fire Department and said he would pay $500 for the department to rescue the cat, but Bear was already out of the tree, a firefighter said.
Contact Cindy Leise at 329-7245 or firstname.lastname@example.org.