Canadian Firefighter Rescues Cougar From Tree

Firefighters know it's a slow day when the call comes in to rescue a cat out of a tree. But sometimes, the cat in question changes the equation.

Trevor Partlo, a firefighter in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, got the call this week to climb up a tree and bring down a very large cougar.

The frightened, young male cougar was wandering near the Gorge Waterway. Conservation officers and police worked together to locate and move the cougar away from such a public area.

Conservation officers tranquilized the cougar so it could be safely relocated. Once the animal was sound asleep, Partlo had to climb up and get him — and you better believe he made sure the 80-pound cougar was sound asleep.

"Don't fall, and just make sure he's asleep," Partlo told CTV News in Vancouver Island. "I gave him a little pet just to make sure he didn't do anything."

Once the cougar and Partlo were on the ground, the conservation officers conducted a medical check. They then found a remote area in the wild where the cougar could be released.

The encounter is one both Partlo and his cougar acquaintance surely won't forget any time soon.