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Cat’s meows leads rescuers to 83-year-old owner who fell into ravine

[August 16, 2021: Natalie Dreier]

Piran the hero cat, who helped the rescue in Bodmin, Cornwall. (CREDIT: Tamara Longmuir)

Cats can be standoffish and do their own thing. But one cat is a mini hero after alerting rescue crews to the location where its owner had fallen into a ravine.

A passerby heard the cat, Piran, meowing loudly, which alerted them to the woman. Rescuers then saw the woman had fallen 70 feet into a stream, "with incredibly difficult access and uneven terrain," according to BBC News.

The woman had fallen through some barbed wire and had come to a stop in a stream below.

Tamar Longmuir, 38, was informed of her missing neighbour by the woman's friend on and immediately started searching her farm in Bodmin, Cornwall.


“The cat is very attached to her, and he was going back and forth in the gateway and meowing, so I decided to go and search the maize field,” Tamar Longmuir told reporters.

Rescuers used a stretcher to pull the 83-year-old up the 70-foot ravine. (CREDIT: Bodmin Police)

Longmuir then went to the field and started calling the woman’s name.

At first Longmuir’s cows responded but then she said that she heard the woman’s call for help.

“Without the cat waiting at the gate to that field, it could have been hours later that I or anyone else would have checked there,” Longmuir told Sky News.


Rescuers lifted the woman up the ravine on a stretcher and flew her to a hospital in an air ambulance. She is in stable condition.

Bodmin Police said, “Piran the cat saved the day.”

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