A CAT at the centre of a £5,000 rescue mission has returned home after spending six days on a railway bridge.
Hatty, a five-year-old Maine Coon-Serengeti cross, had been perched on a ledge of the Brunel Bridge in Plymouth, Devon.
Thousands of people followed her plight online and as crowds gathered to help some even tried to send up food with catapults.
Fire crews and the RSPCA were dispatched. One firefighter climbed a ladder at lunchtime on Wednesday with a bag of treats in an attempt to coax her down. But all attempts failed and Hatty was last seen peering out from a crevice.
Fire crews called off the rescue at teatime, planning to return yesterday. Network Rail were even making arrangements to close the line so she could be reached from the track. But at 11.30pm Hatty appeared back at home — with evidence she’d eaten a seagull to stave off hunger pangs.
Owner Kirsty Howden, 39, of Saltash, Cornwall, said: ‘I heard a meow outside, looked through the window and there she was.’ The mum-of-three (pictured with Hatty) said she was ‘shocked and elated’ to have her pet back.
She added: ‘She is a bit skinny and smelly and has now gone upstairs and put herself to bed.’