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Cat sparks $7,500 rescue mission

Hatty, 5, became trapped on the Royal Albert Bridge, which connects Plymouth and Saltash, on Friday, and firefighters spent around five hours trying to get her down in an ordeal costing $7,500. The train system which operates the bridge even planned to close the tracks to rescue her, while the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) was also present.

Howden believes that “sheer stubbornness and determination” are to blame, alongside “a little bit of catnip and several men climbing up a ladder and trying to grab her.”

While the cat doesn’t yet know it, the owner said Hatty “is going to stay inside … we’re going to try and make her a house-cat for a bit because I don’t want any more adventures on the bridges.”

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