This is the hilarious moment when fifteen members of the local fire service in Louisville, Nebraska, came to the rescue of Kora, a 16-month old, 120-pound Great Dane, from her treetop perch over twenty feet above the ground.
When Wes McGuirk arrived home after dinner, he discovered that his beloved dog, Kora, was missing. Calling out to her, McGuirk was astounded when her whimpers for help came not from in front or behind him, but from above.
"We just couldn't believe it… there she was, like a little owl perched in a tree," McGuirk is quoted as saying. "It just doesn't make physical sense that she could be that high in a tree."
And yet his beloved pooch was indeed stuck, shivering with fright, in a spot usually reserved for birds and wildly ambitious cats. After trying, and failing, to lure Kora down, or reach her with his own ladder, McGuirk called in the fire service.
Despite their best efforts, none of the attending fire crews from Plattsmouth, or paramedics from Elwood, all of whom were covering the Louisville Volunteer Fire Department, could coax Kora down, and so it was decided to partially lower her using a leash and harness, and then gently drop her the rest of the way onto a tarpaulin. The resulting video has been viewed some 25,000 times since Kora's rescue on Saturday, and shared over 300 times.
According to McGuirk, Kora soon recovered from her ordeal and resumed "just being a dog" as soon as the excitement had died down. Despite Kora's story going viral, she remains tightlipped as to how she came to be in the tree – although her owner is sure that a squirrel or a raccoon was involved somehow. One thing's for sure: Kora may wish to consider where she chooses to spot wildlife in future.