When Nebraska firefighters first got the call that a 120-pound Great Dane was stuck in a 20-foot tree, they thought at first that the dispatcher was pranking them. After all, firefighters were used to rescuing cats from a tree, but a dog? How would a dog this size even make it up a 20-foot tree?
“While we were responding, we were admittedly somewhat skeptical. Upon arrival, sure enough, there she was,” said Plattsmouth Volunteer Fire Department officials on their Facebook page.
Even the dog’s owner, Wes McGuirk, found it hard to believe his eyes when he found Kora up on a limb 20 feet off the ground. As to how Kora got there, he assumes that she must have been so intense in chasing a raccoon or a squirrel that she ignored a 5-foot fence and the height of the tree. That is, of course, until the chase was over and Kora found herself high above the ground.
When McGuirk returned home from Omaha on Saturday night and was looking for his dog, she was nowhere to be found. Once he looked up, he was stunned: “I would have never thought it was possible,” he said. “Not a Great Dane!”
Since Kora was “was petrified, tired, and cold” and was unwilling to come down, McGuirk called the Plattsmouth Volunteer Fire Department. After several crews and a K-9 handler arrived, the question was how to rescue Kora.
Below is the firefighters’ account of what happened:
“Tonight, as we were covering the Louisville district, we received a call that was far from typical. We were advised that a dog was stuck about 20 feet up in a tree. Additional information was that the dog was a Great Dane that was about 120 pounds. While we were responding, we were admittedly somewhat skeptical. Upon arrival, sure enough, there she was. A 120 pound Great Dane about 20 feet up in the tree. After some quick game planning, and assistance from the Sheriff’s Office K-9 Handler, we put our plan into action. The initial plan was to get a harness on the dog and see if he would follow a friend of the owner back down the tree. That didn’t work to well. The next plan was to attach a long leash to the harness and lower the dog to the ground. During both plans, we had members on the ground holding a tarp to catch the dog if she would have fallen. As you can see in the video, the second option worked well enough to get her out of the tree unharmed. Big thanks to Elmwood Rescue, Cass County Sheriffs Deputies and the homeowners. This is one of those calls that had a great outcome and will not soon be forgotten.”
The complete rescue video was posted by the Plattsmouth Volunteer Fire Department and shows that Kora’s harness actually breaks while she is lowered down. After falling into the tarp and bouncing once off the ground, Kora can be seen walking away and wagging her tail. “I’m out of here!”