Calls about a cat up a tree usually lead to a punch line.
But when 911 lines lit up about a cougar in Victoria, British Columbia on Friday, first responders leapt into action.
The public was told to stay away as the big cat was seemingly stuck up a tree along Gorge Road East in the provincial capital. Police, fire crews and conservation officers hatched a plan to save — not kill — the animal.
“Our duty crews responded to a different type of rescue this evening, members assisted Conservation Officers and Victoria Police with the safe lowering of a tranquilized cougar from a tree along the Gorge,” Victoria firefighters Local 730 tweeted.
With the unconscious mountain lion slung over his shoulder, a firefighter slowly descended a ladder and gently placed the big cat on the ground — even giving it a nice pat on the head.
It all didn’t take long.
Our duty crews responded to a different type of rescue this evening, members assisted Conservation Officers and @vicpdcanada with the safe lowering of a tranquilized cougar from a tree along the Gorge. The big cat was taken by Conservation Officers for assessment. #yyjnews #iaff pic.twitter.com/F2HdoNWg9s
— Victoria Fire L-730 (@VictoriaFire730) April 27, 2019
The cougar will be just fine.
Safely rescued and about to be relocated #YYJ #cougar pic.twitter.com/ri6faqQJ1k
— Extra Adventure (@ExtraAdventure) April 27, 2019
The Conservation Officer Service checked out the animal, deemed it to be in good health and promised it would be released back into the wild.
Vancouver Island COS ear tagging a captured young cougar on the Gorge in Victoria. Thanks to @vicpdcanada, @VictoriaFire730 and VicAnimal Control for the combined work. Cougar was in good health and will be relocated back to the wilderness. pic.twitter.com/Iar9YTkPik
— BC CO Service (@_BCCOS) April 27, 2019
Everybody on scene couldn’t be happier.
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So, a cougar had a little #ExtraAdventure yesterday in #victoriabccanada when it was safely treed and tranquilized, then rescued from a tree to be relocated and released. A happy ending for this beautiful kitty. #wildlifeofbc #cougar #pumacat #bigcats #canadianwildlife #panther #mountainlion #prettykitty #catpurr #bigcatsforever #meanwhileincanada #yyjphotographer #yyjnews #victorianews #gorgewaterway #explorevictoriabc
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