|The cat covered in cactus spines|
(Scroll down for video) A cat was saved after getting caught in cactus plant spines, according to animal hospital officials.
The curiosity almost killed the cat, veterinarians said.
The orange and white house cat nicknamed "Prickly Pete," was caught in the cactus in Phoenix, Arizona, on Wednesday.
Technicians from the Arizona Humane Society Animal Medical Emergency, came to the scene after someone spotted Pete on the cactus. Pete was nowhere to be found.
"He was able to free himself and had run away," Bretta Nelson, a spokesperson for the company, said. Then someone saw a trail of cactus pods that led to a fence where they found Prickly Pete caught again.
"At first, the cat did not want to be trapped by the EAMT, but after some time, the cat was very sweet. I think it knew that they were there to help," an official said.
They immediately rushed the cat to Second Chance Animal Hospital. Veterinarians tore the thorns from the unlucky cat’s mouth, face, eyelids and body, one by one, for about two hours.
"Each time an animal gets stuck in a cactus, you have to be very careful," he said. "Some of them can be poisonous. Fortunately, in this case, it was not. We must also be careful not to cause more damage, especially when near the eyes or mouth."
Pete, who is about a year old, is currently recovering in a hospital while taking pain medications and antibiotics.