It all could have been so much worse, but thanks to some olive oil and a bit of clever maneuvering by German police, one spirited squirrel has lived to see another day.
After hearing frantic shrieks coming from the street on Monday, a woman in the northern German municipality of Isernhagen, near Hanover, discovered that the creature had lodged its head in the opening of a manhole cover. She called local police, who at first struggled to release it from the unexpected trap, daily Nordhannoversche Zeitung reported.
First, the officers attempted to push the rodent's head back through the manhole cover. Then they pulled the metal disc out and set it upright, while one officer pushed the head and the other pulled the body. When this didn't work either, they applied a bit of olive oil to the furry captive, but still failed to dislodge it, the paper reported.
It was only when it occurred to one of the officers to press the squirrel's ears back that it slipped safely out of it streetbound snare. It is reportedly recovering in a nearby garden.
Last year another squirrel in the same situation in Hamburg wasn't quite so lucky, though. When fire fighters there failed to release that squirrel, they transported it along with the manhole cover to an animal shelter, where they used a metal saw to cut it out. The animal died shortly thereafter, probably from stress.
kla -- with wire reports
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