Usually it's cats going after birds.

But on this occasion, the tables were turned.

Holly, a hapless feline who got stuck 70ft up a tree, was helpless as a group of crows started pecking at her.

Poor Holly could do nothing but cling on for dear life - without food and water in temperatures of 77F - up the tree in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire until the fire service came to her rescue.

Get miaow out of here! Terrified kitten stuck 70ft up a tree saved from angry crows

By Daily Mail Reporter (external - login to view)
03rd June 2009
Daily Mail

It is a reversal of the natural pecking order. Normally, cats harass birds or catch them or even kill them.

But not here and not with Holly who grabs on to a branch for dear life as 70ft up crows swoop menacingly around her.

The birds peck at the animal, flap their wings at the seven-month-old kitten and even manage to shake the branches as they try to knock her off.

Feathered foes: Crows menace the terrified kitten at the top of the 70ft tree in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

One of the crows appears to be shaking the branch Holly is sitting on to get her off

However, she was finally rescued at Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, by a fire crew who had a ladder long enough to reach the frightened creature.

Before they arrived Holly had had to endure repeated attacks from the birds without food or water in the 77F heat.

Her owners Lisa Govier and Jason Thompson had failed to coax her down and some workmen nearby with a cherry picker had found it was not tall enough.

Mr Thompson said Holly had shot up the tree on Monday, giving Miss Govier a sleepless night, and the birds had begun their assault yesterday before the firefighters arrived.

He said: 'The crows arrived and they were taunting her, pecking at her, and she looked very distressed.

'She wasn't meowing anymore and we were all really concerned. All the neighbours came out because they could hear all the commotion with the crows.

'We tried all sorts of things to scare the crows off but that didn't seem to be working.'

Mr Thompson added: 'The workmen were very kind for trying to help out but thankfully in the end the fire service did come to the rescue.'

Coming right up: A fireman is manouevered into position to bring down Holly who is just visible in the tallest tree

Let's go home: Holly is scooped from the 70ft tree with the crows no-where to be seen