Oregon Cat Safe after Daring Bridge Rescue


A grey and white tabby who looks just like Jeter Harris was rescued this weekend after being stranded for five days 40 feet above the Clackamas River on the Carver Bridge in Oregon. The Oregon Humane Society’s Technical Animal Rescue Team was responsible for the daring rescue.

Rescuer Ulli Neitch rappelled over the bridge railing onto a bridge abutment. She spent 20 minutes gaining the cat’s confidence, then grabbed him and bagged him. The two then rappelled safely to the river bank below.

According to Kathy Covey, one of the six rescue team members dispatched to the bridge, the tabby was friendly and healthy, but dirty and very hungry. He wasn’t wearing a collar, so was taken to the Oregon Humane Society for medical evaluation and a microchip scan. If the owner is not found, he could be put up for adoption in a few days.

The animal rescue team is supported entirely through private donations to the nonprofit Oregon Humane Society and receives no tax dollars.

[LINK: Oregon Live. PHOTOS by Kathy Covey.]

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