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Forget saving cats out of trees: for the first time ever, the Austin Fire Department rescued a squirrel from inside a tree.

AFD firefighters Steve Slaughter and Shane Burton were given the task of getting a squirrel out of a knothole in a tree Thursday morning. According to a tweet by the department, the squirrel had been stuck in the crack for a long time.

With gloves on and a flashlight to help, the two officers slowly worked the creature out of the knot for a few minutes. Like a good patient, the squirrel waited motionlessly to be rescued by his human heroes.

Once freed, the squirrel quickly ran away, and both firefighters were able to leave the scene with a job well done and a smile on their faces.

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