By Carol Tannenhauser
There are conflicting reports about the conclusion of the tale of the cat that was caught in a tree since Wednesday on West 89th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. We know the cat finally came down at about 5:46 p.m. on Sunday. We know the fire department was involved—Ladder Company 22 from the Upper East Side. City Council Speaker Corey Johnson read about the cat’s plight—it was stuck 40’ above the ground and apparently hadn’t eaten—and called the fire commissioner who had the company dispatched.
I called @FDNY Commissioner Dan Nigro and he got on it right away.
Thanks Dan and Tower Ladder 22 for saving this cat!
— Corey Johnson (@CoreyinNYC) September 22, 2019
Richard Gross, a WSR reader, saw the action from a distance and reported this:
“I was walking up 89th from Columbus and saw the fire truck and a crowd of people around it. I must admit I didn’t see the actual rescue, I was about halfway up the block when the crowd erupted in cheers, and by the time I got to the truck, they were pruning a few branches and wrapping up. Someone said that they rescued a cat, but I can’t confirm this actually happened, unfortunately.”
Another commenter wrote this:
“The cat fell out of the tree and ran away. It wasn’t rescued.”
And another, this:
“I was there when the fire department finally rescued it. They used the cherry picker and shook it down from the tree, a group of firefighters below sort of caught it but fumbled, and the cat went sprinting off towards Amsterdam. Poor kitty was probably so traumatized. Many people were ready to adopt it, but now it’ll have a feral life. Hopefully it fares alright.”
The Post actually caught the cat’s descent in a video.
Nicknamed “Tarzan” by the neighborhood, the cat was allegedly chased up the tree by a pit bull. It is called a “tuxedo cat” because of its black-and-white markings. If you see it, please let us know in the comments.