Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue tries to rescue a cat trapped on the Florida bridge that is about to save itself
Scared! Huge rescue team sent to cat stuck on Florida bridge, who goes to save himself and runs away when scared by firefighter with net
- Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue responded to the scene set on the 17th Street Causeway Bridge and sent eight units to rescue the cat.
- After the cat managed to run off the lamp, it ducked into traffic and ended up on the edge of the other side of the bridge.
- Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue reports the cat is okay even though they didn’t rescue him
- The cat probably belongs to a group of feral cats that live under the bridge
A cat buzzed in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday afternoon, dangling from a bridge light fixture before suddenly rescuing himself as rescuers tried to come to his rescue.
Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue responded to the scene set on the 17th Street Causeway Bridge.
In video of the scene recorded by Local 10the black and white cat sat on a lamp hanging from the bridge about 50 feet above the ground.
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A black and white cat hung on a bridge lamp on Wednesday
Members of Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue on a crane tried to secure the cat in a net
But when they got too close, the cat decided to jump from the fixture back to the bridge
The call for the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue team came in at 2:49 PM, after which eight units responded, with assistance to use a specialist Florida Department of Transportation truck.
The cat can be seen looking at its surroundings while facing the bridge with its back like two rescuers on a mechanical lift, one with a net in hand.
As the mechanical lift approaches, the cat suddenly turns to the horizontal pole that holds the light up and runs over it and up another part of the bridge, avoiding three more rescuers.
The cat continues to run as it reaches the sidewalk of the bridge, past fire trucks and other vehicles associated with the rescue.
Finally, the cat stops and then slows down from its former pace as it casually walks the sidewalk, eventually finding a Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue truck to hide underneath.
The cat is not safe yet, however, because the cat is startled again and runs across multiple lanes before sitting on the edge of the other side of the bridge.
The cat rushes onto the bridge, seemingly to safety, but the ordeal is far from over
The cat runs down the sidewalk for a while, then slows down and appears to be relaxing
He starts walking along the edge of the bridge before hiding in a hideout next to a light pole.
Several people on the ground continue to film the cat, although rescuers stay away as the traffic rushes by.
Just as someone approaches the cat again, the news camera retreats, leaving viewers of live feeds in suspense.
Nonetheless, Fort Lauderdale told Fire Rescue CBS Miami that the cat is okay and not hurt.
But after hiding under a truck, the cat decides to run across the traffic to the other side
From there, the cat decides to sit on the edge of the bridge, balancing itself perfectly
It is not clear when the cat first got stuck on the bridge.
Firefighters chose not to catch the cat as it ran across the bridge because they didn’t want it to jump off the bridge or jump into traffic.
The cat likely belongs to a group of feral cats living under the 17th Street Causeway Bridge, said NBC Miami