There's been plenty of cats and children rescued from trees by police officers and firefighters but it was a team effort Saturday morning to rescue an owl that got stuck in a tree in Hampton, NH.

The owner of a home on Heritage Drive noticed the owl and called police for assistance and the responding officer called for a ladder truck from the Hampton Fire Department, according to Hampton Police Deputy Chief Alex Reno.

It was a New Hampshire Fish & Game officer who climbed up the ladder and freed the owl from a crack in the tree.

"It looks like something that happened overnight. Had the homeowner not found it and acted quickly and given us a call the owl would have died," Reno told Seacoast Current.

The owl looks to be upside down and almost frozen with its wings spread when the Fish & Game officer first reached it in video posted by IAAF Union 2664 on their Twitter account. As soon as the officer took it out the owl began to flap its wings as if to fly away while its feet were checked.

Fish & Game took the owl to a wildlife veterinarian where it's getting care for injuries to its feet, according to Reno.

The owl appears to be a Barred Owl which is the most common owl in New Hampshire, according to Fish & Game.  They live in mixed woodlands with large cavity trees for nesting and forest openings for feeding.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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