A wayward can has been rescued from atop a dam in Indiana.
Cats can get into the strangest of situations. If they’re not hiding behind your front door waiting to pounce as soon as you get home, they’re somehow hitch-hiking all the way to Florida.
This cat managed to get himself stuck on the J. Edward Roush Lake dam spillway in Huntington, Indiana. Nobody knows quite how he got there, but there he was, mewling his little furry butt off.
A local fisherman was fishing nearby when he spotted the distressed kitty on the dam. He contacted the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department to see what they could do to rescue the poor thing, although they were inadequately equipped to get the job done. Unfortunately, the kitty was high up on the dam and the Sheriff’s Department didn’t have any sort of extendable arm to get the kitty down.
So they called in the army.
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Not the entire army: just the Army Corps of Engineers. Those are the people that the Army calls in when they have a problem that can’t be solved through the judicious use of bullets and explosives. Nobody wanted to get this cat splattered all over the dam, so it was time for the engineers to have a crack at this difficult problem.
Their solution: shut down the dam, send in a boat, and hope that self-preservation instincts take over.
An hour after their arrival, the Corps managed to get the flow of water down to a trickle so that a boat could be sent up the spillway. After arriving, the besieged kittums decided that he’d better take a leap of faith and started sliding down into the waiting arms of the engineers.
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The dramatic moment was caught on camera, with the safe arrival of the car punctuated by the triumphant cry of the cameraman.
Turns out this kitty has a name: Mr. Vanjie. Owner Heidi Greving-Stutvoet commented on the Sheriff’s Facebook page that Mr. Vanjie had been missing for 10 days and although very tired, he’s very glad to be home where it’s safe and warm.