by Bethany Meissner
Sometimes people are afraid to help an animal because they don’t immediately know what to do, or because the animal in question isn’t immediately adorable. One cat is quite lucky that Imgur user Joelalmeidaptg didn’t let either stop the rescue of a cat now named Spock.
Spock and Joelalmeidaptg’s story begins last summer, on a particularly scorching day when Joelalmeidaptg was playing Pokémon Go. It was over 100° Fahrenheit that day, according to Kotaku, so Joelalmeidaptg was mostly alone. Suddenly there was a strange sound, almost like a bird chirping. Because Joelalmeidaptg didn’t see any birds around, and because it was so hot out, he decided to investigate.
Joelalmeidaptg found a cat “crying for help” because he was stuck in an electrical post, suspended only by his head. Because the cat seemed to have so little energy, Joelalmeidaptg assumed that he had been stuck for a long while. He had no idea how the cat had gotten that way, but he knew the cat needed to be helped.
Joelalmeidaptg called his parents as well as the local fire department, who he calls “the true heroes of this story.” At first, when the fire department arrived, they thought that they might be too late because the cat was no longer making any noise. However, when they touched the cat, he resumed meowing for help.
It took time and ingenuity for the crew to rescue the cat. The first attempt, oiling the cat’s fur to help him slide out, didn’t work at all. They also tried tilting the post with the tools that they had, but that was also unsuccessful. At that point, the firemen called the police for approval and more resources. The police granted both and a perimeter was set up around the area to make sure the rescuers were safe from passing cars.
More attempts were made, but they were still unsuccessful. One of the firemen gave the cat water while they tried to figure out what might work. Joelalmeidaptg wrote on Imgur that the cat “did drink! We were so happy” even though they still didn’t know how to safely remove the cat.
The utility company that owned the electrical post even sent a representative from a city thirty minutes away to try and help. Finally, the group figured out how to tilt the post on both the top and the bottom to break the post and free the cat! A fireman grabbed the cat from the hole and held him for some water.
Joelalmeidaptg noted that the firemen worked for three hours in the scorching heat to save the cat. It was truly a community rescue! Joelalmeidaptg’s mom decided to take the cat home to care for him. Joelalmeidaptg’s dad decided to name the cat Spock because his ears appeared so huge. With his oily fur and hissing demeanor, Spock didn’t seem like the cutest or friendliest cat to the humans, but the family was surprised to see Spock act “really fond” of their dog and other two cats. The family decided to give Spock a bath, after which they saw that his fur was a beautiful golden orange, although the dad still thought that Spock was on the ugly side.
By the time that Joelalmeidaptg came home for Christmas break months later, Spock had gone “full ‘The Ugly Duckling’ mode” and turned into “the most beautiful cat [Joelalmeidaptg had] ever seen.” Spock was playing a lot with the other pets and even allowed Joelalmeidaptg to pet him and give him chin scritches! During break Spock loved to steal Joelalmeidaptg’s pens and play in his schoolbag while he studied.
Joelalmeidaptg summed up Spock’s rescue story as: “Found a dying cat while playing Pokémon Go, saved him, he was ugly, turned out to be beautiful, I’m in love with him.” We bet that Spock is more than a little in love right back.