Thursday, November 09, 2006

Good Deeds....

Here is a story that does the heart good!

Tree Climber Rescues Cat After Five Days

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - For five days and four nights, Whiskers the cat was stranded 40 feet up in a tree surrounded by jagged rocks and overlooking a steep embankment. Pamela and Kenneth Fisher in Martinsburg first tried using food to lure Whiskers down late last week, but without success. Then firefighters tried to reach the cat with a ladder, but couldn't. They tried using water to coax the cat down, but that just sent Whiskers higher.

Frustrated and concerned by the panicked feline's desperate cries, Pamela Fisher called the local humane society, animal control officers and several veterinarians' offices, but nobody was either willing or able to help.

Then along came Jim Cosner, a 41-year-old Hedgesville man and a third-generation tree climber.

With a rope, harness and spiked boots, Cosner was up and down the tree with the cat in hand in less than five minutes Monday night.

"The cat was really calm," Cosner said Tuesday. "It was ready to come down, I think."

Cosner, whose grandfather was a timber cutter and his father a tree climber, is an employee of Guardian Fiberglass who works part time trimming trees. Rescuing stranded cats is just something he does on occasion.

Pamela Fisher said Whiskers spent much of Monday night and Tuesday catching up on eating and sleeping, but appeared no worse for the wear.

"He's an angel," Pamela Fisher said of Cosner. "A very big angel."


My hope is that there are many "Jim Cosner's" out there in this big, old world. It's the little, extra efforts that can make a huge difference in someone's life.


At 11:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw this and we brought it up at work. We were all cracking up ... for more reasons than one.
which I would Email to you, but you don't have one???

At 10:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh man...that's just too much sweetness...

I now have a cavity. ;)


At 11:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That poor cat was probably exhausted!!

At 9:40 PM, Blogger Karmyn R said...

I'm freaking out because

#1 - reason why my mom is cracking up (you can probably guess)

#2 - wasn't there a story recently about the guy who shot at the firemen because they WOULDN'T get his cat down?

I'm glad they got the cat came down safely. Whew.

At 9:17 AM, Anonymous Juanita C said...

I was browsing this morning and I came across your blog. We never dreamed that rescuing Whiskers would be read by so many people. My husband Jim heard about Whiskers being in that tree for so many days and just could not believe that some one had not gotten Whiskers out. He was just doing what he felt needed done. I pray that it does inspire people to help out when they are needed and can actually do somethng about it. It doesn't have to be lifesaving or anything like that but even to just be there for someone that you know just needs prayers and a friend.

At 12:31 PM, Blogger MSUgal86 said...

i hope there are many more of him as well.

At 3:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That made my day. What a wonderful man.

...wonder if he is single...


At 7:44 PM, Anonymous Willowtree said...

Actually there are other Jim Cosners out there: Here's another one.

Hey Karmyn, I was laughing at #1 too.


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