Dog gets stuck in a tree

Dog looking through small hole in tree trunk
Rocco the dachshund peeks through a too-small hole in a tree trunk in Salem, Ky. (Kentucky State Patrol photo)

SALEM, Ky. (AP) — The firefighters rescuing a cat stuck in a tree is so cliche. And let's be accurate: The cat isn't in the tree, it's on the tree. Which makes this story about a dog stuck in a tree so unique.

Rocco the dog had to be rescued by firefighters when the small dachshund got stuck inside a tree trunk.

Authorities say two off-duty Kentucky state troopers were mowing a cemetery in Salem on Thursday when they heard a dog barking. They looked around for several minutes, and finally they found the pooch — trapped inside the tree.

Apparently Rocco had climbed into a nearby hole dug by a groundhog and found his way up through the tree trunk. That’s where he became stuck.

A firefighter came out and cut part of the tree, safely freeing Rocco.

The opening in the tree is now big enough to retrieve Rocco — if he dares go on another adventure like that.

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