AURORA, Colorado (AP) – For at least two days and possibly more, residents of a Denver suburb have been worried about the fate of a black cat named Panther who was perched atop a 36-foot (11 m) utility pole.
The tiger stayed put despite efforts by co-owner Alexis Soberanis and others to coax him into Aurora. Neither begging nor the temptation of food will do the trick, according to a Colorado Sentinel report.
The cat was lost earlier this week and was first seen above the shaft on Wednesday.
“Everyone was like, ‘Put the food aside and it will come down eventually,'” Aurora resident Jessica Meadows said Friday morning, when the city received its first snowfall of the season.
Meadows said she and her neighbors called Aurora Animal Control and Excel Energy for help. “Everyone says they can’t do anything,” Meadows said.
Another perk is, standard practice is to give cats time to work their way down on their own, according to Sentinel Colorado.
News of the tiger’s plight reached Aurora Councilman Curtis Gardner, and city officials dispatched a delivery truck on Friday afternoon. After putting the truck in place, the firefighters rescued the cat. The tiger seemed eager to get into a pet carrier. Kimberly Medina, another partner at Panther, said he was always let out. No more, she said, “Never.”