Firefighters rescue cats stranded in trees by rising river

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   March 17, 2016 at 10:44 AM

SACRAMENTO, March 17 (UPI) -- A California fire department sent rescuers out in a raft to rescue two cats that became stranded in trees by the rising waters of the Sacramento River.

The Front Street Animal Shelter said in a Facebook post that shelter workers attempted to help the stranded cats Tuesday by building a ramp, but their efforts were unsuccessful.

A video posted by the shelter shows firefighters from the Sacramento Fire Department trying to reach one of the cats using an oar, but instead sending the feline plunging into the rising river.

The firefighters quickly use a net to fish the cat out of the water.

The other cat is then plucked from its perch by firefighters wielding a reach pole.

"The rising waters of the Sacramento River left two cats clinging for their lives. The Front Street Team built a ramp, but the cats weren't having it. Thanks to the Sacramento Fire Department, both cats are safe and sound. Moral of the story? Always wear your life jacket," the shelter's post reads.

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