ENCINITAS — Residents in the neighborhood of Village Park stood in the street, craning their necks back and casting their eyes skyward Wednesday morning.
To anyone driving by, the scene would have appeared most curious.
What the residents were looking at was a cat perched precariously at the top of a 50-foot redwood tree at the home of Edward Petersen.
No one knew whose cat it was. No one in the area was quite sure what made the cat go up there, or even after at least two days, why it wouldn’t come down.
Neighbors tried placing cans of tuna at the bottom of the tree to entice it down, but that didn’t work; another tried to climb the tree to rescue the cat, but that didn’t work either.
Finally it took a call from one of the neighbors, Kyle Jester, to BJ’s Rentals. A little after 9 a.m., a trailer hauling a boom lift pulled up in front of Petersen’s residence.
With the help of BJ’s Rentals’ employee Manuel Guadalupe, Petersen, in a fireman’s turnout jacket, gloves and a facemask, rose in the boom lift the height of the tree.
With a little bit of a struggle, Petersen managed to grab the cat and put it into a carrying crate.
“We did a good thing today,” said Petersen once back on the ground. For the past 14 years that Petersen has lived there, he said he’s never had a cat in that tree before.
For now, Petersen said they’ll make a concerted effort to try and find the owner, but will keep the cat safe until then.
The cat didn’t have a collar, and they haven’t seen any “lost” signs posted around the neighborhood.
The neighbors were especially thankful to BJ’s Rentals, which waived the rental fee for use of the boom lift.