Cat rescued from under Jacques-Cartier Bridge adopted by retired journalist
Josephine Charlotte the cat rescued by firefighters after getting trapped in underbelly of Montreal bridge
Louis Lemieux, a retired Radio-Canada journalist, has a new cat after firefighters performed a daring rescue under the Jacques-Cartier Bridge.
Lemieux was walking below the bridge on Thursday night when he heard an incessant meowing.
A small group of strangers had assembled under the steel-truss cantilever structure, peering up at the support beams.
A small grey cat had somehow found her way into the tangle of steel.
Un petit minou est prisonnier de la structure sous le tablier du pont Jacques-Cartier… fait tellement pitié… <a href="http://t.co/9M92sXjCAl">pic.twitter.com/9M92sXjCAl</a>—@LouisLemieux
Lemieux and his fellow concerned cat lovers called 911, the SPCA, animal rescue groups and every other number they could find. They were told they and the cat were out of luck — that the idea of firefighters rescuing cats stuck in trees was something that only happened in movies.
"Somebody stopped by on a bicycle and went to the firehouse [three blocks away], and he came back and said the firemen can't do it on their own. They need an order," Lemieux says.
Lemieux then took to Twitter to live-tweet the cat's plight. Between that and the number of calls received by 911, he says the firefighters eventually got a request to rescue the cat.
They used a giant ladder to rescue the kitty.
c’est maintenant au petit minou de se laisser prendre… <a href="http://t.co/fcfYv5ieGN">pic.twitter.com/fcfYv5ieGN</a>—@LouisLemieux
Once back on terra firma, the mouse-grey cat leapt out of her rescuer's arms and hid in the bushes, emerging only when Lemieux called her.
Je le ramène à sa nouvelle demeure ! Une belle histoire qui finit bien… <a href="http://t.co/UPVtzC3KLY">pic.twitter.com/UPVtzC3KLY</a>—@LouisLemieux
"Nobody said, 'That's my cat,' of course, because it was nobody's cat," Lemieux says. "We picked it up, brought it home, and that's the end [of the story]."
Lemieux says he was impressed by how much people cared about the cat's well-being and that the firefighters made the rescue happen.
As for the cat — christened Josephine Charlotte, or J.C. for short — she's settling into her new home nicely.
"She was really famished. She went through three cans before she could stop eating," he says.
JC… Joséphine-Charlotte a rendez-vous chez le “vet” ce soir… en attendant on apprend à se connaître! <a href="http://t.co/v3ZRVD12yP">pic.twitter.com/v3ZRVD12yP</a>—@LouisLemieux