An Unsung Hero

This incident happened in my college 2 years ago. 

It was around 3 pm. There were only a few of us for the lecture. The class was on the third floor. My ears picked up a faint mewing sound. Initially, i felt my mind was playing tricks on me. What could a cat be doing in a college building? Surely, no professor would bring her pet cat along to college, right? πŸ˜€ Then where is the sound coming from? 

I requested the teacher for a break to investigate this matter. And she gladly agreed. When i stepped outside the class, i could faintly make out that the sound was coming from the building opposite ours, that is the B. Com building. I looked in the direction of the building. And for a moment, i couldn’t believe my eyes! 

There, on the ledge of the third floor building opposite ours, was a big fat cat, mewing desperately for help. Apparently, it had jumped over the parapet and was too scared to jump back up. Soon, a crowd gathered to watch this cat stuck helplessly and crying out for help. After making enquiries, we came to know that it had been stuck there from around 8 am that morning, and nobody had even bothered about it. That means, almost 7 hours without food and water. 

We had to help the cat somehow, else it would have died right there on the ledge out of hunger and thirst, and we couldn’t possibly have watched it dying. Now, began the brainstorming as to how the cat could be rescued. I called up one of my NCC friends, and told him about the matter. I don’t remember now what the reason was why he refused, whether he was not in college at that moment or he was simply scared and embarrased to admit it, his help could not be obtained. Then, a friend and i googled PETA to see if they could help us in any way, but it seems PETA doesn’t have any rescue centre in Pune. The peons proved to be of absolutely no help. Moreover, none of the authorities could be met to discuss what was to be done. 

Everybody was perplexed. What would happen now? Would there be no help for the poor cat? Was it destined to die there on the ledge? What could possibly be done? Among the crowd was a guy. He was a random guy, you would not spot him out in a crowd, he wasn’t famous. He volunteered alongwith two of his guy friends, to get onto the ledge and save the cat, even if it meant risking his life, as he would surely die if he fell down from the third floor. There wasn’t any rope which could be tied to his waist, or even if there was, it could not be procured. 

The three of them rushed to the building, and onto the third floor. His friends held his hands and lowered him onto the ledge. Once his feet were firmly on the ledge, they left his hands free. He called the cat to him. Thankfully, it recognised its rescuer and came to him. He lifted it up and gave it to his friends who left it on the other side, near the stairs. Again, they carefully hoisted him up and he was safe on the other side. 

We thanked him profusely. He had indeed performed an act of daredevilry. Anything could have happened to him, had he not been careful. Inspite of that, he risked his life to save the life of an innocent soul. He himself volunteered for doing the job. He showed bravery and courage, and a lot of maturity. He didn’t think about the ‘What if’s’, he instead thought about the ‘What if i don’t’. In that one act of his, he earned a lot of good karma. 

Every single day in our lives, somewhere someone is risking their life to save another. These people don’t get recognition and popularity for their deeds though, like our soldiers. They are the unsung heroes. But among us folk, they are the real heroes. And i have tried to give some recognition to that hero through this post. Have you come across any such hero in your life? If so, share their story with us in the comments below. And do like and share this post! Till next time with another of my life’s experiences! πŸ™‚

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