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'Cute' cops rescue cat, capture netizens' hearts

WINNING COMBO: Staff Sgt Cheah (right) and Cpl Faidzul helped to save this cat, which was stuck in a tree. A Facebook post on their good deed has gone viral, garnering more than 9,600 likes and 1,200 shares as of yesterday afternoon.


    Jan 16, 2015

    'Cute' cops rescue cat, capture netizens' hearts

    ONE way to appeal to women is to have a cute pet. Two officers from the Woodlands East Neighbourhood Police Centre went one better.

    They helped to rescue a cat stuck in a six-storey-tall pine tree. For them, it is all in a day's work.

    But when the rescue tale, together with a picture of the two cops and the cat, was posted on the Singapore Police Force Facebook page on Tuesday, it sent female netizens swooning, not just over their good deed, but also over their good looks.

    The post has gone viral, garnering more than 9,600 likes, 1,200 shares and 480 comments as of yesterday afternoon.

    On Nov 24, Staff Sergeant Benjamin Cheah and Corporal Mohammad Faidzul Muslim responded to a call for assistance in Woodlands Avenue 9.

    The cat had been stuck at the top of the tree without food for two days.

    As the branches at the top are thin and could break easily, it was not possible for anyone to climb up and rescue the cat, the post said.

    Staff Sgt Cheah said in the post: "We couldn't bring ourselves to simply walk away from the situation, as my partner and I are animal lovers."

    After a discussion with residents who had gathered to help, they came up with a rescue plan.

    First, they tied a garden hose around the tree and tugged on it, hoping the cat would loosen its grip when the tree started swaying. Ten residents spread out bedsheets and curtains to catch the cat.

    When the cat did not budge after 20 minutes, the officers asked a resident on the sixth storey to spray water out of his window at the feline.

    It let go immediately and fell from the tree. Unhurt, the feline was then reunited with its owners, who wrote in to thank the officers.

    "Your two officers did what others couldn't. They went beyond the call of duty to help us save our cat, and wouldn't stop until our cat got down from the tree," they said in the Facebook post.

    Netizens commended the officers for the rescue - and gushed about their looks.

    A Facebook comment from Catherine Chong read: "Salute to our policemen doing extra to help the cat and community. Feeling proud."

    NurAin Salleh said: "Good-looking and kind-hearted officers. Good!"

    Rovin Wudamu added: "Well done. Two handsome cops!"

    But sorry girls, at least one of them is taken, based on his social-media profile.

    According to his Instagram pictures, Staff Sgt Cheah got married at the Registry of Marriages in September.

    He is also a fitness buff and uploads videos of himself singing covers on his Facebook account.

    For one netizen, at least, looks are secondary to deeds. Suruthi Joy, 20, a National University of Singapore student, said: "The officers are cute, but the act of rescuing the cat is definitely cuter.

    "It doesn't matter how police officers look, as long as they carry out their duties well."