Firefighters in Austin, Texas rescued a squirrel who’d managed to get its head stuck in a hole in a tree.
The Austin Fire Department shared the incident on Facebook, beginning the post, saying, “This is not an April Fools’ Day joke. We repeat…this is NOT an April Fools’ Day joke.”
The post continued to explain that the fire crew responded to a “distraught 911 caller who had reported the case of a squirrel who had somehow managed to get its head lodged in the knothole of a tree and was unable to free himself.”
It remained unclear whether squirrels can typically back themselves out of a hole in a tree, but for whatever reason, this particular squirrel was stuck with its head in the tree and its body and rear flailing out of the tree.
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The post noted the dangerous position this put the squirrel in, leaving it “unprotected.” They said, “The caller was (rightly so) very concerned as the squirrel had apparently been there for some time; left unaided, he surely would have died a slow and unpleasant death, either from starvation, the elements, or a predator.”
Considering it’s not every day that an animal becomes stuck inside of a tree, the squirrel rescue mission was the first of its kind for the fire department. Despite being the first rescue mission of its kind that the rescuers had responded to, they were able to successfully free the little critter from its predicament.
The fire department shared a video of the rescue, which highlighted the challenges the firefighters faced in freeing the squirrel. At the end of the video, you can see the firefighter finally pull the squirrel free. It immediately jumps to the ground and darts away.
The department concluded their post by emphasizing their dedication to helping those in need.
They said, “We’re always going to be there to come to the rescue of those who need it, whether they’ve got two legs or four.”Whizzco