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HOUSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard plucked a man and his pet bird from a 75-foot tree on Tuesday evening after he became stranded while trying to coax the creature out of the branches.

“Local rescue units including ladder trucks … were not able to get close enough to the tree due to the proximity of the houses,” the Coast Guard said in a statement.

It said that it dispatched a HH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew which safely hoisted man and bird free. The incident occurred in Porter just north of Houston and local media reported that the bird was a $2,000 cockatoo.

“The man and bird were flown to Williams Airport in Porter. Both were reported to be in good condition,” the Coast Guard said.

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