Firefighter Rescues Squirrel With Head Stuck in Tree in Austin, Texas

Firefighters rescued a squirrel who had its head stuck in a tree in Austin, Texas, on March 30.

“Just before 7:30 on Tuesday evening, the A-shift crew from Engine 38 responded to a distraught 911 caller who had reported the case of a squirrel who had somehow managed to get his head lodged in the knothole of a tree and was unable to free himself,” wrote the Austin Police Department on Facebook.

“Whether squirrels have a ‘reverse’ gear remains a mystery, but said squirrel had found himself with his front half stuck inside the interior of the tree while his back half remained unprotected.”

Footage captured by Firefighter Austin Konopik shows two other firefighters, identified as Steven Slaughter and Shane Burton, carefully pulling the squirrel out of the tree before it scurries off. Credit: Austin Fire Department/Firefighter Austin Konopik via Storyful