Published: Nov 11, 2011 9:55 PM EST
Updated: Nov 11, 2011 10:02 PM EST

SAGUARO LAKE, Ariz. (AP) - A lot of cats get stuck in trees, but an Arizona kitty was perched atop a giant saguaro cactus for at least three days before finally coming down on its own.

Residents living in a desert area northeast of Phoenix noticed the black cat with white patches at the very top of the 30- to 40-foot cactus. At times, the feline would stand up and survey the area, possibly trying to figure out how to get down - or how it got up there.

Helicopter video from ABC15.com (http://bit.ly/sTm1U4) shows the cat eventually climbing down the cactus Friday. It started making its way down head-first before turning around and scooting backward. It finally took a big leap and landed on its feet before wandering into the desert.

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Information from: KNXV-TV, http://www.abc15.com

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