I see… you chatter about the definition of a hero, while some of us, should we be in such a position, rescue cats from trees. Do you have the balls to climb the tree? I bet you do not. Heroes are not born; they are made. You either get it, dude, or you don’t.
Dude, I admit I don’t get it.
This comment was written by a Steve Hutchins in response to my blog post from about two weeks ago, “Heroism as an Emergent Property?,” in which I argued against the claim (made by Rick Hutchins, who just might be Steve’s brother) that rescuing a cat from a tree is an example of heroism just like pulling someone from a burning building is an example of heroism.
By the way, there’s a great online resource for owners of cats stuck in trees called “Cat in a Tree Rescue.” The Info page contains this important information:
So your cat is stuck in a tree. What can you do?
Don’t panic, cats are excellent climbers and will rarely fall out of a tree. Most cats might come down on their own, if given some time to calm down. In my experience cats are very tough and hardy animals. If yours has to spend the night in a tree it should be fine. Some cats may come down during the night after things have calmed down and when it begins to feel confident again.
Dan Kraus — the guy who runs the website and who has rescued nearly 1000 cats from trees — says, “I don’t really consider myself a hero hero, you know. I’m not running into a burning building. I’m not getting shot at. I’m just rescuring a cat.”