This sensitive fireman doesn't just climb trees to rescue cats – he talks them down as well.
Carl Reynolds helps rescued animals through trauma using ancient reiki healing techniques.
His 'gift' began during a three-hour effort to save a horse trapped in a canal.
'Other firefighters were trying to pull him out with a rope, they were about to give up but I couldn't let them,' he said.
'I spoke to him and he told me he was scared and his leg was caught – ten minutes later we got him out.'
Mr Reynolds, 39, turned to reiki ten years ago after a serious bike accident.
'I had severe memory loss and I wanted to know what happened. I turned to a woman who performs reiki on people,' the fireman, from Dudley, West Midlands, added.
'She was amazing, she healed me and I really got into it.' The healer told Mr Reynolds he would be good at treating animals.
'As soon as I started, I developed a connection,' he claimed.
Reiki is a Japanese technique, based on the belief that touching someone channels energy and can heal them. It is seen as a natural and safe spiritual remedy which can be used for illnesses, injuries and emotional problems.
But animals cannot tell a reiki practitioner which part of them is in pain like humans can.
'That's where I come in, I have a psychic connection with animals which means I am able to talk with them so I can help.
'It works on all kinds of animals, from parrots to horses. I've helped save many animals – it's a wonderful thing to be able to do,' said Mr Reynolds, who hopes to teach his daughter reiki as well.
'I get a lot of stick at work, but I have proved myself, so it doesn't bother me. You have to laugh at yourself to get from day to day.'
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