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'Fortunate' feline: Cat survives 8-day stay in tree, followed by 80-foot fall

In the timeless children’s book “The Fire Cat,” a feisty feline named Pickles learns a valuable lesson about compassion when a fireman rescues him from the top of a tall, tall tree.A cat dubbed “Fortunate” may be learning a similar lesson this week, thanks to the care she’s getting at a Massachusetts animal shelter after surviving a frightening series of Pickles-esque misadventures in
Despite being trapped at the top of a tall tree for more than a week and falling 80 feet to the ground below, \"Fortunate\" the cat is doing quite well....
Despite being trapped at the top of a tall tree for more than a week and falling 80 feet to the ground below, \"Fortunate\" the cat is doing quite well. A veterinarian said the feline primarily needs to recover from some pulled muscles. Her current caregiver, Pam Robinson, can be seen in the background.Today

In the timeless children’s book “The Fire Cat,” a feisty feline named Pickles learns a valuable lesson about compassion when a fireman rescues him from the top of a tall, tall tree.

A cat dubbed “Fortunate” may be learning a similar lesson this week, thanks to the care she’s getting at a Massachusetts animal shelter after surviving a frightening series of Pickles-esque misadventures in frigid weather.

The (New Bedford, Mass.) Standard-Times reported that the kitty’s troubles began shortly before Christmas, when she got stuck on a tree branch that towered 80 feet above the ground. The cat eluded three rescue attempts from firefighters and local tree services and stayed perched on the branch for eight long, cold days.

Finally, on Dec. 30, firefighters from the town of Marion, Mass., tried to rescue the cat by cutting the branch that supported her. In the process, she plummeted eight stories and landed, alive and on her feet, on the ground below. She then scurried off into the brush and disappeared.

Pam Robinson, founder of a no-kill shelter called It’s All About the Animals in Rochester, Mass., ultimately found the cat on Jan. 1. She set a trap for the animal, which she nicknamed “Fortunate,” and it worked.

“She's not bad compared to how long she was out there," Robinson told the Standard-Times, noting that Fortunate likely belonged to someone and does not seem to be feral.

Since no one has stepped forward to claim ownership of Fortunate, Robinson is planning to put her up for adoption after giving her at least six weeks to recover and gain some weight. Robinson is asking people interested in adopting the cat to write essays explaining why Fortunate should go home with them. Essays can be submitted to: It’s All About the Animals, 103 Marion Road, Rochester, MA 02770.

To learn more about It’s All About the Animals, visit the shelter’s website or Facebook page.

TODAY.com writer Laura T. Coffey would like to adopt Fortunate because LOOK AT THAT FACE!!! (Does that count as an essay?) Here’s where to find Laura on Facebook and Twitter.

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