Blogs and Stories
April 26, 2020
Chris Loyd

The Saving of the Bee

The Super Bee and our other cat, Monkey Man came to us after a trip to the Flagler Humane Society. We planned to only get one cat but...

Monkey Man came by his name honestly with his ability to climb trees; Super B not so much. Before this adventure she hadn’t been more than 3 feet off the ground.

Recently we started hearing meows but could not locate her. I got my headlamp and 50 ft up the tallest tree on the lot were two eyeballs. The Bee. We tried everything for 2 days to get her down, even hiring a tree service. She would only retreat farther up the tree.

My neighbor Fred mentioned that a local box store rents "booms". They in fact did have one. It was $380 which to save the Bee seemed like a deal. I called my friend Kyle and he sprang into action with his truck and away we went. Came back with the machine and soon learned this was going to be very complicated due to all the trees in the area. We had to spend almost 2 hrs hooking and unhooking the machine and folding it up each time until we finally got it into the best possible position. Fred was there to help with not only the use of his yard, but the positioning of the machine, and we were working over his house!

Officer Ray from Flagler Animal Services was on the scene to help. Lucky for us, he became a behind the scenes hero! The bucket control on the machine was dead. Officer Ray had to take control on the ground while I was in the basket. He mastered the controls and away I went. Heartbreakingly, I was able to get within 6 feet of her but I couldn't get any higher as the machine was completely maxed out. I tried food and the whole nine yards. As cat owners know they don't always just jump into your arms, but I was not returning that machine without this cat.

Officer Ray had a net, so down Ray brought me and up he brought me again. This was it. I did a couple non OSHA moves including climbing the bucket itself to gain height. The net was long enough to get everything except her tail and back legs. My only chance. I pushed the net down with all I had and drug it toward me and amazingly she fell into it. As I was hauling her in the bucket she started climbing out of the net just to make things interesting. Got the draw string tight and down we came. I was shocked. Thoughts of failure were dancing through my head. I will never forget the ride down.

I cannot say enough about Officer Ray, Kyle and Fred. Without them the saving of the Bee would have never happened. Thank you Flagler Humane for sending Officer Ray. Plus you provided the Super Bee, who is much more affectionate now for some reason.

This week’s column was written by Chris Lloyd, an awesome Flagler County pet owner who went to great lengths...
Even risking his own safety to rescue his cat “Super Bee”.