AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin firefighters made an unusual rescue yesterday when they got a call about a raccoon asleep at the top of a light post in the middle of Highway 71.

Near the busy intersection by the Austin Airport, firefighters climbed to the top of the firetruck ladder to rescue the napping raccoon. Fearing he would fall and cause a traffic accident, an animal service officer enlisted the firefighters’ help.

Firefighters Dean Murphy and Chelsea Caloia managed to bring the raccoon to safety, handing him over to Animal Control. The raccoon was evaluated and determined to be healthy. It was taken to a different part of town where it was released.