Hero cat kept meowing until neighbors found his elderly owner who fell down a ravine

An 83-year-old woman from Cornwall, UK, is safe and sound after falling into a 70ft ravine, thanks to her cat’s persistent meowing.

Bodmin police began searching for the woman after her caretaker reported her missing. One of her neighbors noticed that her cat, Piran, was still meowing in the corner of a large cornfield near the old woman’s house.

The feline does not stop; it was as if he was trying to draw attention to the area.
Turns out his owner was there. Tamar Longmuir, 38, her neighbor, followed the cat’s example and confirmed that she was, in fact, “telling” people that her mother was there.

The cat was coming and going in the driveway and still meowing, so Longmuir decided to go look in the cornfield.

Authorities said the woman had fallen about 70 feet down a steep embankment into a ravine. Since the terrain was uneven and incredibly difficult to access, Longmuir had to yell down the hill to check on her neighbor.
At first, it was Longmuir’s cows that answered her calls until she heard the woman’s voice.

“Just as I was about to get out of the way and start through the cultivation, I heard a very faint response to my call. So I quickly realized that my neighbor was in the 70-foot ravine,” she said.

The poor woman had gone through the barbed wire and was lying in the creek. Authorities estimate that she had been there for hours. Fortunately, her pet Piran didn’t give up on her.
Water rescue specialists scrambled for help and the woman was carried back to the field on a stretcher via a rescue line. She was then taken to the hospital by air ambulance.

She remains stable and “in good spirits”. According to a police Facebook update, the woman is currently receiving care and is well cared for.
It’s a big ‘well done’ to all the emergency services who worked together and to Piran,” an unnamed neighbor told BBC News. “The result could have been much worse.”

According to Eleanor Richards, Community Support Officer for Bodmin Police, incidents like this are common in the area.

“Cornwall is a fairly rural county so it’s not unusual for people to call us who may need assistance and access is difficult,” she told Newsweek. “There are a lot of wastelands and coastlines to deal with, so we work closely with our partner agencies and volunteer [organizations] to achieve the best possible outcome.”

However, this is the first time a cat has helped them with their operations!

The woman and everyone who knew of the incident are grateful to Piran for his important contribution to the search.

“Without the cat waiting at the gate to that field, it could have been hours after I or anyone else had checked in there,” Longmuir said.

While cats are often considered aloof, this incident is a testament that cats are capable of devotion to their owners.

A 2019 study revealed that cats view their owners as a source of comfort and security. In fact, cats can develop bonds with their humans comparable to human babies and their caretakers.