Lifestyle Pets Oklahoma Firefighters Rescue Man and Cat From Tree After Owner's Failed Attempt to Save Feline The Tulsa Fire Department brought in an "aerial device" to safely save the man and his cat from the tree By Kelli Bender Kelli Bender Kelli Bender is the Pets Editor for PEOPLE Digital and PEOPLE magazine. She has been with the PEOPLE brand for more than eight years, working as a writer/producer across PEOPLE's Lifestyle, Features, and Entertainment verticals before taking on her current role. Kelli is also an editor on PEOPLE's Stories to Make You Smile and serves as an editorial lead on PEOPLE's World's Cutest Rescue Dog Contest and Pet Product Awards. Before joining PEOPLE, Kelli helped AOL and Whalerock launch a pet lifestyle site called PawNation. She is a pet parent to a cat named Wallace, and her professional and personal devotion to animals has taken her to three dog weddings ... so far. People Editorial Guidelines Published on June 28, 2021 03:36 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Tulsa Fire Department An Oklahoma man and his cat both ended up a tree after a failed rescue attempt. According to UPI, a man attempted to save his feline after the pet climbed up a tree near their Tulsa home and got stuck. Unfortunately, for the pet owner, the cat's perch in the tree was higher than expected. After scaling the tree to reach his feline, the man found he, too, was unsure how to return to the ground safely. In response to this predicament, someone called the Tulsa Fire Department for help getting both the man and his cat down from the towering tree. "Around 3:45 pm, Captain Alan Hancock and his Engine 27 A Platoon crew responded to a rescue near S. 94th E. Avenue and E. 27th Street. Apparently, a cat climbed high up into a tree. Its owner was so concerned for the feline that he climbed up to attempt a rescue. Unfortunately, they both found themselves in a dangerous predicament high above the ground, unable to get down safely," the fire department shared in a June 25 Facebook post. "When Captain Hancock and crew arrived and accessed the scene, they requested that Captain Jacob Inbody and the Ladder 27 crew respond to utilize their aerial device," the post continued. "Acting FEO Brett Allen positioned the aerial, so Firefighter Jayme Brooks could ascend and perform a safe rescue." Animal Rescue Has Released 1,000 Feral Cats into Chicago's Streets to Combat City's Rat Problem The fire department also shared a video of the rescue. The clip shows a firefighter using the "aerial device" to reach the man and his cat in the tree and helping the man down a long ladder. The end of the video shows the curious cat who started the incident, tucked into a backpack and safely back on the ground.