Israeli animal rescuers zip-line cat trapped in palm tree to safety

Fire department ladders were too short to reach the cat, but dedicated rescue volunteers found a way to save its life.

Animal rescue organization Arad L'Chai zip-lines a cat to safety.
 Saving a cat trapped in a tree is often considered one of the classic examples of mundane heroism. And Saturday night, an animal rescue organization in Arad did exactly that, zip-lining a trapped cat to safety.
According to the rescue organization Arad L'Chai, the cat, which was a stray, had climbed the palm tree while running away to escape from jackals. However, it soon found itself trapped. The organization contacted the city's fire department, but to no avail, as they didn't have a ladder tall enough to climb to the top.
A cat is seen trapped high up in a palm tree in Arad. (Photo credit: Arad L'Chai)A cat is seen trapped high up in a palm tree in Arad. (Photo credit: Arad L'Chai)
But the rescuers refused to give up, and reached out to the Arad Rescue Unit, a team of volunteers. As luck would have it, they had access to a crane. 
From there, rescuers were able to tie cables and rappelling equipment to the tree and between surrounding buildings, and a rescuer was able to get up there and put the cat safely in a cage. He then quite literally zip-lined the cat to safety.
From there, one of the Arad L'Chai volunteers agreed to foster the cat until it can be adopted.
The cat saved from the tree is seen eating food. (Photo credit: Arad L'Chai)The cat saved from the tree is seen eating food. (Photo credit: Arad L'Chai)

Arad L'Chai is made up entirely of volunteers. Not funded by the government, they rely entirely on donations to help animals in Arad and the surrounding areas in Israel's South.

Though they were not involved in the rescue, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Israel praised the volunteers for saving the cat's life in an "exciting rescue operation." thanking the volunteers for working to save the cat's life.
"The volunteers in Arad are wonderful people, and it is lucky they are in the field," the SPCA said in a statement to The Jerusalem Post
They added that demonstrates the need for every city, locality and local council to have a team to help rescue animals in distress.
For more info on Arad L'Chai, visit https://www.facebook.com/573112446048677/ or message on WhatsApp at 052-6329355.