Local feline to get famous on 'America's Funniest Home Videos'

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By Laura Lewis, Reporter

SUPPLY — It was just an ordinary day when one of Tammy Jo Bellamy’s cats climbed a tree and needed to be coaxed down.

The difference is what happened when the gray kitty, named Edward J. or “Eddie” for short, went out on a limb that broke, dropping him unexpectedly to the ground.

Bellamy also happened to have her video rolling to record the event, which has now been accepted for a future airing on ABC-TV’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”

Bellamy, a nail technician at De Lana’s A Cut Above Beauty Salon on Main Street in Shallotte, said Eddie’s amusing cat-astrophe happened at the end of this past February or early March after the 2-year-old feline ventured up one of the trees in her yard in the Sea View community.

“He wasn’t stuck; he was just up there climbing around,” Bellamy said.

As the video conveys, she was urging Eddie to come down when he walked across a branch that broke, sending him to the ground.

“I was saying, ‘c’mon, baby,’” she said.

After Eddie’s fall, “he got up and shook it off,” Bellamy said. “He got embarrassed.”

A friend talked Bellamy into submitting the video to the ABC show also referred to as “AFV” for short.

She said it took awhile for her to answer the phone when show officials tried to reach her.

Scrutinizing her caller ID, Bellamy wasn’t sure about answering the unfamiliar number in California.

“I didn’t answer; I thought, I don’t know nobody in L.A.,” she said. “I figured it was a telemarketer and let it go to voicemail.”

She finally picked up the phone and call from a show official named Sean, who also alerted her to the release form he’d emailed her about eight times in July.

“The moral of the story is check your email; don’t depend on texts and phone calls,” Bellamy said.

Eddie is one of four pet cats belonging to Bellamy.

“I’ve got three others, but he’s the baby,” she said. “His mama left him in the back of a truck. I got a bottle and raised him.”

She could hear the abandoned two-day-old kitten crying from inside the bed of her neighbor’s pickup truck across the street.

“His eyes were closed when I picked him up and took him home,” she recalled.

Now Eddie is going to be famous on television, though Bellamy isn’t sure when the segment will shown.

“They said they would call me a week before it airs,” she said.


Laura Lewis is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or llewis@brunswickbeacon.com.