Cat Stuck On Royal Albert Bridge for 6 Days

A pet cat that was “stuck” on a railway bridge for six days, sparking a major rescue operation, has walked home.

Five-year-old Hatty got trapped on the 30ft section of the Royal Albert Bridge (in the UK), which connects Plymouth and Saltash.

Firefighters spent hours trying to rescue her while Network Rail planned to close the train line to help save her.

Owner Kirsty Howden said she was “shocked and elated” Hatty had returned home on Wednesday night.

Kirsty Howden said she was about to join a second rescue attempt when she “heard a meow outside.”

“She is a bit skinny and smelly, very vocal and has now headed upstairs and put herself to bed,” Ms Howden said.

Hatty had been missing for a total of two weeks

It is thought Hatty was scared on to her precarious perch beneath the line by a passing train.

A team of hot hunky firefighters hacked away undergrowth to bring in one of their biggest ladders and offered a selection of treats to try to lure her out.

But nothing worked and the rescue was called off – until Hatty somehow escaped by herself hours later and returned home.

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  1. Wow, so many hunks come out to save Hatty—you have to admire the girl for ingenuity. Joking aside, I can only imagine how scary it was being on a bridge like that, probably more so when she realized none of the trains ran on time and they closed the buffet cars!
    Glad she’s safely home and all praise to the wonderful crews of the emergency services for attending to her. Paws up for them as they are true heros.


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