The fire brigade in Dortmund, Germany, carried out a delicate rescue operation on Monday afternoon. A squirrel had its head stuck in a manhole cover and the excited animal was ‘not cooperating’ with its rescuers. Also remarkable: four years ago, a squirrel was already stuck in the same way in Dortmund.
The call was received by the fire service around 1:45 p.m. this afternoon, according to a press statement that was distributed via Facebook, among other things. A hiker found the orange-red animal in distress on Niederhofener Straße in the Hörde district. The animal’s head protruded through a hole in a manhole cover. It was stuck and could not move forward or backward.
The woman tried unsuccessfully to get the squirrel out of the manhole cover. The squirrel was very excited and in a panic tried to bite his rescuer. The woman then covered the animal with her scarf, hoping to calm him down, and called the fire department.
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Firefighters who rushed up lifted the lid and in turn carefully tried to free the frightened animal from the hole. The squirrel didn’t cooperate this time either. Nevertheless, the firefighters succeeded in their aim: the animal escaped unharmed from its precarious position and fled into the nearest tree.
According to the Dortmund fire brigade, a squirrel had to be freed from a similar situation four years ago. But whether this is the same animal “could not be clarified.”
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