For some odd reason, cats have no problems climbing up high places, but they do have a huge problem climbing back down. In rural Harnett County, a black cat got caught 50 feet up in a pine tree.

When firefighters and animal control personnel couldn’t get the cat down, Jeff Thomas took matters into his own hands. Thomas, who is a deacon at Fellowship Baptist Church in Lillington, pulled out his Bible before he went to the rescue site. Then using his son’s old hunting stand, he climbed up the tree to reach Ricky, the stranded black cat.

Unable to rescue Ricky the first time, Thomas had to return two days in a row, offering the cat food until finally he was able to coax Ricky into a kennel and bring him safely down.

To read about a deacon’s determined rescue of a cat, click here.

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