Just because you live in the woods, doesn't mean you can't get stuck in a tree.

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Tuckerton Fire Department crews and a retired state Conservation Officer jumped to the rescue on Monday after a raccoon got its head caught in a knot on a tree trunk.

Assistant Fire Chief Lee Eggert told the Asbury Park Press that the animal appeared to have been clawing at the tree for some time before they arrived in response to a call from a concerned resident.

The rescuers used a chisel to widen the hole in the tree so the raccoon could get free.  It then scampered off without apparent injury... or even a thank you!