In a surprising twist, Canberrans begged ActewAGL to turn the power off in Canberra’s inner south last night — to help save a kitten stuck up a power pole.
ActewAGL confirmed it received a call on Wednesday from a Chifley resident whose dog had chased their cat up an electricity pole.
“When the kitten didn’t come down the resident contacted ActewAGL for assistance in rescuing their cat,” branch manager Clinton McAlister said in a statement.
Some in the Canberra community took to social media to plead with the electricity provider to shut down the power so the kitten could be rescued.
As of 9:30pm on Wednesday there were 27 comments on an ActewAGL Facebook post — a public service announcement to “dial before you dig”.
“Save the kitty!” one post read.
“You are responsible for your inactions too ActewAGL! Don’t kill the kitten,” read another.
Commenters on ActewAGL’s Facebook page beg the energy provider to “save the kitten”. (Facebook)
ActewAGL confirmed their crews were on the way to the site to see if they could rescue the kitten, saying “attempts were being made to do this without interrupting the street’s power supply”.
Just before 10:00pm, Ash the kitten was rescued and reunited with her owners, with Canberra Pet Rescue sharing photos to their Facebook page.
Ash’s owner Jason thanked everyone on the page, saying “if Canberra Pet Rescue didn’t get involved then our beautiful kitten Ash would still be up there freezing! Thank you everyone!”
Two rescues in the past week
According to firefighters, Ash is not the only cat to have reached difficult heights in the past week.
Emergency Services Agency acting commissioner Mark Brown said a cat got stuck up a tree in Queanbeyan last Sunday.
“Firefighters in the ACT had to take their Bronto aerial truck across the border to help their colleagues in New South Wales rescue this poor moggie in a tree,” he said.
Thankfully, in this particular case, Mr Brown said there was a good outcome as well.