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Berwickshire Boy Receives PETA Award for Climbing 60-Foot Tree to Rescue Cat

For Immediate Release:
26 June 2012

Contact:
Ben Williamson 0207 357 9229, ext 229; BenW@peta.org.uk

Chirnside, Berwickshire - For selflessly climbing up a tree to rescue a cat when professional rescue crews failed to act, Kyle Watkinson, 15, has received PETA's Hero to Animals Award.

According to news reports, Watkinson climbed a 60-foot tree to rescue Diesel, after the 18-month-old became stuck and local fire and rescue teams were unable to act because of health and safety concerns. Watkinson courageously scaled the spruce after Diesel, who had been crying out from the tree for four nights, went quiet.

"Thanks to Kyle's heroic efforts, what could have ended in tragedy for Diesel had a happy ending", says PETA UK Manager Mimi Bekhechi. "We hope his compassionate action will serve as inspiration to others always to help animals in need."

Watkinson will receive a framed certificate and a letter of appreciation from PETA.