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Riverside County animal services officer rescues cat perched high above a freeway

March 29, 2011 |  6:39 pm

Officials in Riverside County on Tuesday credited an animal services officer with rescuing a stranded cat precariously perched 200 feet above a busy freeway.

The 1-year-old black feline was atop a concrete barrier overlooking the 60 Freeway in Mira Loma last week when Officer Gary Pahls arrived on the scene, according to the Riverside County Department of Animal Services.

As a California Highway Patrol officer stopped traffic, Pahls moved slowly toward the cat and coaxed the animal into his arms.

"She was very calm and relaxed," Pahls said in a statement, "and seemed very thankful."

He said the was cat scraped in a way that indicated that someone may have the thrown the animal out of a vehicle window.

Officials nicknamed the cat "Mira" and said she was pregnant. She was being monitored by veterinarians.

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Video: Animal Services officer recounts his rescue of stranded cat. Credit: Riverside County Department of Animal Services.

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