A firefighter has been airlifted to hospital after a cat lashed out while he attempted to rescue it from a tree.
Morty is believed to have "taken exception to being rescued" and lashed out at the firefighter who was working in wet, steep and treacherous conditions at the back of a Papakowhai property, near Porirua on Sunday morning.
"The firefighter had hold of the cat, the cat took exception to being rescued struck out and appears to have caught the face of the firefighter at which stage, shortly after, the tree, firefighter and cat parted company," Porirua Station Officer Owen Woodman said.
The firefighter was conscious and talking to rescuers, including paramedics who attended the scene.
Because of the difficult terrain he had to be winched out and was airlifted to Wellington Hospital.
"One of our colleagues is with him and we're hoping to get some good news soon," Mr Woodman said.
"He was talking to us and bits and pieces, but it's very unkown until medical experts do their thing."