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Watch: Rescuers rappel 100-foot cliff to save stranded house cat

LOS ANGELES — An indoor cat was rescued from a 100-foot cliff after it escaped its home in southern California.

The cat, named Zion, got out one night in early November while her family was having a party.

Once the family discovered Zion was missing a search revealed the animal was stranded halfway up a 100-foot shear cliff.

Los Angeles Animal Services' Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team (SMART) was dispatched to the scene. The agency shared a video of the rescue on YouTube.

SMART rescuers Annette Ramirez, Gaby Lera, Hugh Briefman and Armando Navarrete quickly set up anchors, geared up and began a dual rappel over the cliff.

On the video post SMART explained, "Rescuing animals in peril is never an easy task."

Zion was successfully rescued and returned to her family.

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