Vatican firefighters try to rescue cat stuck on colonnade surrounding St. Peter’s Square

Vatican firefighters try to rescue cat stuck on colonnade surrounding St. Peter’s Square.

A cat is stranded in the colonnade surrounding St. Peter’s Square. / Hannah Brockhaus/CNA.

Vatican City, Feb 15, 2022 / 06:17 am (CNA).

Vatican firefighters attempted on Tuesday to rescue a cat stuck on the top of the colonnade surrounding St. Peter’s Square in Rome.

Several times during the late morning on Feb. 15 the firemen ascended to the top of the portico on their fire truck ladder in an attempt to grab the orange cat from the corner where it was perching.

Several attempts were unsuccessful, as the furry creature narrowly skittered past the firefighter’s arms and around the edge of the architectural masterpiece designed by 17th-century sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

It is not currently known who the cat belongs to or how it was able to ascend the colonnades, which comprise 284 43-foot-tall columns.

More to follow.

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