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When You Have to Move an 800,000-Pound Sequoia

It isn’t easy.

In the dead of night on Sunday, workers in Boise, Idaho moved the state’s largest giant sequoia quarter-of-a-mile across town this weekend. The video of the move, as you might imagine, is good:

According to KTVB, the 98-foot-tall tree was relocated from its original roadside home on the grounds of St. Luke’s Hospital to a new location in nearby Fort Boise Park. The move took place after months of preparation that readied the 105-year-old, 800,000-pound giant for its little trip. The giant sequoia was originally planted in 1912 from a seed said to have come from naturalist and forest advocate John Muir, growing to its current height over the course of more than a century, according to ABC7.

To move the tree, workers used a complex system of conveyors, support balloons, and wires to lift the plant upright, along with a good portion of its root system, and placed it on a truck, which brought it to its new home. Hopefully now, in the safety of the park, the tree might grow for another hundred years, no further nighttime maneuvers required.