Cynthia Olsen was in the garage when she heard a scream from inside her home.
She raced inside, hoping that nobody was seriously injured, when her oldest daughter, Evelyn, six, yelled that four-year-old Parker was hurt.
The stay-at-home couldn’t believe what she found: Parker with his head wedged firmly through a hole in the family cat’s scratching tree.
While playing, Parker had stuck his head through the hole and then realised he couldn’t pull it back out, leaving him helplessly hanging upside down and looking rather silly.
Cynthia was in hysterics, and tried to gently pull her son out of his trap – but soon realised her attempts just weren’t working.
With her husband, Jacob, at work over an hour away, Cynthia realised she would need to call 911.
Thankfully little Parker was rescued by three very amused firemen with no harm done – but some hilarious photos of the young boy in the unexpected predicament.
Cynthia, who is also mum to Marley, ten, said: ‘I was outside in the garage and I had heard screaming so I was heading inside the house.
‘I hear everyone screaming and I just think please let there not be any broken bones today.
‘I saw him stuck in the cat tree and I thought “oh here we go!”. I thought I could just wiggle him out, I told him to relax.
‘He just wouldn’t budge no matter what I did. My husband wasn’t at home, so I called 911 and was trying so hard not to laugh.
‘They asked me what was my emergency, and I had to say “umm my son’s head is stuck!”, and they said “stuck in what?” and I nearly cracked up when I had to say “the cat tree”.
‘The fire truck showed up in about ten minutes and they came up with a plan, one crawled underneath and chatted to him while the other two lifted him out carefully.
‘Everyone was giggling throughout it. I just couldn’t believe what was happening.
‘I was just not tall enough to be able to do it by myself. Thankfully he was totally fine.’
Cynthia said Parker has since learnt his lesson about putting his head into holes, and has been sharing the tale of his ordeal with everyone in his life.
The mum added that the photographic evidence of his mishap will be a great addition to his birthday celebrations when he turns 18.
She said: ‘It was funny that the firemen were saving a kid from a cat tree, instead of a cat from a tree.
‘Parker was really good throughout the whole ordeal.
‘My older daughter gave him her phone, and she played a movie for him and even put it upside down so he could see properly.
‘The firemen were really sweet with Parker. After they were done they gave the kids stickers and took some photos with them in front of the truck.
‘It was a very eventful afternoon that’s for sure.
‘The photos will definitely be making a reappearance on his 18th birthday.’
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