A dog named Petra gets stuck in a tree. Photo: Kern County Animal Service

A dog named Petra gets stuck in a tree. Photo: Kern County Animal Service

Cats have a penchant for climbing trees and inevitably reaching a point where they can't get down, requiring a call to the local fire department for a rescue. But have you ever heard of a dog getting stuck in a tree?

If not, meet Petra, a Chihuahua that acted like a cat and inexplicably climbed a 75-foot Italian cypress tree in Weldon, California, just east of Bakersfield. Thankfully, the dog didn't reach the top.

No, Petra only climbed up 25 feet before poking its head out of an opening, prompting someone to call the Kern County Animal Services on Wednesday afternoon.

Animal control officers arrived on the scene and found the scared dog unable to climb down, and alerted the Kern County Fire Department, which came to the rescue.

The dog managed to climb up 25 feet before poking its head out of the tree. Photo: Kern County Animal Service

The dog managed to climb up 25 feet before poking its head out of the tree. Photo: Kern County Animal Service

A fireman from Kern County Fire Department rescues the dog. Photo: Kern County Animal Service

A fireman from Kern County Fire Department rescues the dog. Photo: Kern County Animal Service

Kern County Animal Services reunited the dog with its owner. Photo: Kern County Animal Service

Kern County Animal Services reunited the dog with its owner. Photo: Kern County Animal Service

"It is quite unusual for our Department to respond to a call for a dog in a tree," Kalar told Bakersfield Now in an email. "These types of calls usually involve a cat stuck up in a tree.

"We are very grateful for the assistance of the Kern County Fire Department Southlake Station for their assistance with the ladder and the for the retrieval of the dog from the tree. Together our two agencies were able to save Petra and reunite her with the owner."

So why did Petra climb the tree? One can only speculate it was chasing a squirrel up the tree. Or a smart cat.

h/t The Dodo

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