Lily sees the light after her rooftop ordeal

TWO council workers went to the rescue of a mischievous feline who found herself stranded on the roof of a towering building. Lily escaped out of the window of her owners' apartment at Royal Sands, off Beach Road in Weston, and climb up to the apex of th

TWO council workers went to the rescue of a mischievous feline who found herself stranded on the roof of a towering building.Lily escaped out of the window of her owners' apartment at Royal Sands, off Beach Road in Weston, and climb up to the apex of the roof.Once there, the one-year-old white cat could not figure out how to get down.Her owners, Carole Sampson and her 59-year-old husband David, a Weston College lecturer, got a big shock when they looked up and saw Lily stranded. The two leapt into action and enlisted the help of Gary Hawkins and Jim Watts, who work for the street lighting department at North Somerset Council.Carole, aged 61, said: "We had visitors for the night and after we had gone to say goodbye I wondered where the cats, Lily and her twin sister Daisy, were."I went upstairs and the window had been left open."We found Daisy sitting in the gutter and we started searching for Lily. When I went outside and looked up at the roof I saw her sat right on the apex of the roof."I phoned the fire brigade, a local window cleaner and the RSPCA and they couldn't help."Lily kept coming towards the edge of the roof and crying. She didn't understand how to get down."The window cleaner suggested I phone the street lighting department at the council, so I did."I spoke to Gary and he called me back shortly afterwards to say they would come out in 10 minutes."He and Jim got themselves on the hydraulic equipment and rescued Lily, who is full of life and into everything. At our age the cats are like babies or grandchildren.


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