UPDATE: Princeton cat perched on power pole rescued by Twitter and B.C. Hydro

Bill Blackhall says his cat was stuck on a power pole since Monday. B.C. Hydro finally rescued the cat last night, Thursday, April 14, 2016.
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PRINCETON - A social network campaign played a role in the rescue of a stubborn cat from a perilous perch this week.

The orange and white cat climbed a 20-metre high B.C. Hydro pole in Princeton on Monday, April 11, and refused to come down.

Bill Blackhall says his cat — who goes by several names including Kitty or Puss — was terrified.

To make matters worse, the cat was on a pole with high voltage transmission lines, meaning only specially trained crews could pluck her from her perch.

As the week progressed, a Twitter campaign swelled, calling on B.C. Hydro to intervene.

Even Okanagan-Coquihalla member of Parliament Dan Albas added his voice, posting a Twitter demand that Hydro either save the cat or explain why it couldn't.

Hydro relented yesterday afternoon, April 14, sending a crew working in the Salmon Arm area, nearly 300 kilometres away, reuniting the cat with a grateful Blackhall last night.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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