She thought he was a goner, but the cat came back . . .
The Honourable Lord Pumpernickel (HLP) was stuck up a pole in blistering heat for days until he was finally rescued.
Ashley Diehl and her beloved cat, Pumpernickel for short, live just outside Kamloops in the Cherry Creek area.
Monday night, as Diehl went to bed, she noticed Pumpernickel had not returned home, but she was not too concerned as he often spent summer evenings mousing through the night. But when he was not home Tuesday morning she began to worry.
“We went walking around and we found him about 30-feet up a power pole right below a transistor,” says Diehl.
In a panic, and unable to coax him down, she called everyone she could think of for help: the SPCA, BC Hydro, the Humane Society, the Fire Department and the city, no one offered to save the feline.
“They didn't seem to care,” says Diehl. “They all said the same thing, 'Oh well he will be fine up there, he will come down when he wants'.”
But it was over 30 degrees and Diehl was concerned. Her attempts to leave blankets, food and water at the bottom of the pole were not working so she took action. She decided to go to social media where she posted a plea for help to anyone that would listen, and someone did.
As it turns out, a friend's dad works for Telus and had contacts with BC Hydro. He came out to assess the situation and was able to line up a rescue.
Later Thursday afternoon, nearly three days since the Honourable Lord Pumpernickel went up the pole, Hydro was on their way. By 4:30 p.m. the crews had cut the power and were on their way up to get the scared polecat.
“They had their bucket truck and went up there and managed to pick him up,” explains Diehl. “He actually went right to them, it was really sweet.”
He wasn't quite as sweet to Diehl when he reached the ground and was passed over. She laughs and says he was obviously very scared, he clawed his way away from her and took off to their home.
“It went really well. He is doing really good. He has been asleep most of the time and sleeping next to his water dish but he is doing really good,” notes Diehl who laugh and says, “He is actually a lot more friendly today than he can be, so he's very happy to be home.”
Pumpernickel lost about 5-pounds during the ordeal but is doing well and has been drinking water between naps ever since.
As for the Hydro team who saved HLP . . .
“They are my heroes, I couldn’t have asked for anything more. They were just the nicest guys and they managed to save my baby so I am forever in their debt,” says Diehl.
She is also grateful to the 'overwhelming power' of social media and her friend's father who jumped into action to save the cat.