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'Man in tree' comes down tree willingly; Transported to hospital

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SEATTLE, Wash. -

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After more than 25-hours at the top of an 80-foot tree in downtown Seattle, the #ManInTree in captured the world's attention with the stunt, is finally out of the tree. Just before noon on Wednesday, police negotiators managed to convince the man to come down the tree. The man did so willingly, appearing unharmed once he got to the bottom. 

The first thing he did when he reached the ground was eat what appeared to be a piece of fruit. He then allowed first responders to place him on a stretcher. He was transported to the hospital for a medical evaluation.

ORIGINAL STORY: 
 A man in Seattle has been at the top of an 80-foot tree since around 11am Tuesday morning. When authorities first arrived on scene, the man was about half-way up the tree and refused to speak with rescuers. He eventually made his way to the top, at times shouting curse words and throwing objects like apples, pines cones and orange peels at first responders. 

Tuesday afternoon, streets around the tree were closed or the safety of passing cars and the man, who according to Seattle Police, at one point claimed he had a knife. Streets were reopened around 6:15am Wednesday for morning commuters as the man slept soundly 80-feet above ground. 

No one really knows why he decided to climb the tree but he has captured attention around the world, launching the hashtag #ManInTree to one of the most trending topics on Twitter. 

Many twitter users are having fun with the whole situation... 

While others are more concerned for the man's mental state and saftey...


Authorities are also concerned for the man's mental health and safety which is why they say they aren't rushing anything so as not to jeopardize his safety. 

KOMO News has been live streaming the ordeal since Tuesday. 

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