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Firefighters, Xcel Energy team up to rescue cat from top of power pole

DENVER — Firefighters and an Xcel Energy crew teamed up to rescue a cat Tuesday that decided to take up residence on the top of a power pole.

Folks who live in the Denver neighborhood said the orange cat had been on its precarious perch since Saturday morning.

A few concerned neighbors tried to scar it off the pole by throwing balls, and even shooting off a paint ball gun.

They spread out a tarp hoping to catch kitty if he jumped. But he didn’t.

One woman says her daughter tried to coax the cat down with food. “My daughter who lives here has tried to lure him down with tuna fish and it was successful in luring neighborhood cats to the tuna fish and he sat up there meowing and didn’t get any tuna fish,” says Stefani Wilson.

An Xcel Energy crew shut off power long enough for a Denver firefighter to go up on a ladder to get the kitty and bring him back down to safety.

Stefani Wilson tells FOX31 Denver the cat escaped from the firefighter once they were on the ground, and ran away… hopefully to find its home.