10:02AM, Tuesday 04 June 2013
A frightened cat trapped up a 35ft high tree for several days has been reunited with her owners.
Lilly - a two-year-old tortoiseshell - was spotted at the top of the tree in Cuckoo Weir Island, Eton over the weekend, near the premises of the Swan Lifeline rescue charity.
Lifeline co-ordinator Wendy Hermon said: "She had already been up there at least 36 hours according to one person and people could hear her crying. But no-one could reach her. People were calling the RSPCA and the fire brigade but no-one could help.
"In the end on Sunday afternoon my husband Steve put on a safety harness and went up with one of our rescue ladders and a basket."
He managed to grab Lilly, who was taken to the Alma Road veterinary surgery where she was found to be microchipped.
This week she was safely back home with David and Nuala McMahon and their daughters Orla, eight and Niamh, five.
Nuala said: "Lilly had been missing since Monday and we thought we would never see her again. We went camping at Henley at the weekend but all we could think of was Lily. We were so happy when we got the phone call."
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