Tuesday, April 12, 2016

B.C. Hydro hears frantic tweets, saves 'Miss Kitty'

A feline named Miss Kitty climbed a Princeton, B.C. power pole and sat there for days until a social media campaign sparked the utility’s intervention.

The orange and white cat named Miss Kitty climbed a BC Hydro power pole in Princeton, about 300 km east of Vancouver on Monday and refused to come down. The rescue might have been simple, but Miss Kitty had climbed a pole connecting several high voltage wires, meaning only specially trained crews could pluck her from her 18-metre high perch.

Miss Kitty in the slammer following her rescue
As the week progressed, a Twitter campaign swelled, calling on BC Hydro to intervene. Even Okanagan-Coquihalla MP Dan Albas added his voice, posting a Twitter demand that Hydro either save the cat or explain why it couldn’t.

Hydro buckled under the pressure by Thursday afternoon, sending a crew from Salmon Arm, nearly 300km away, reuniting Miss Kitty with her owner.

Miss Kitty relaxes at home after rescue.