Team Of Fire Fighters Rescue Fat Rat Stuck In German Manhole
When you picture a mouse or rat, you imagine them scuttling along narrow underground passageways, navigating their way through tiny holes and every nook and cranny around.
But it seems as though when they're a bit larger than normal, that becomes a tad bit more difficult.
That's what one rat experienced after getting stuck in a German manhole.
While you might think that this isn't newsworthy and no one cared, it actually took at least seven fire fighters to free the stuck rodent.
Animal rescuer Michael Sehr said: "She had a lot of winter flab and was stuck fast at her hip - there was no going forward or back.
The rat in question has been given a bunch of nicknames but the best by far at the moment is Fatatouille.
Uploading pictures of the incident to their Facebook page, the caption said: "For a gentle liberation, the grate was raised by the fire brigade Bensheim-Auerbach, so the rat could be the from the other side. The Rat could be released unharmed."
People seemed absolutely delighted that these fire fighters took time out of their day to rescue a tiny creature.
"Well done for rescuing the rat," wrote one person, "Poor thing glad some people care for every animal in this world."
Another added: "The worth of a human is shown by how they treat the seemingly worthless."
A third said: "I have so much respect for people who do things like this! Rats are lovely animals and are similar to dogs in personality."
The rat was released back into the sewer after the operation was successful and probably looked at the whole event thinking that the diet starts tomorrow.
It's not the first time firefighters have been called to help rescue an animal that's a bit left of centre.
Firefighters from Hesperia, California, were called out to reports of a mountain lion stuck 50ft up a tree.
The cat was spotted by a local resident, who decided to, sensibly, call in some help.
Animal handlers were also called to the scene to deal with the big cat, which had been tranqulised before it could be rescued.
Firefighters had to prop a ladder up against the tree, climb it, put a harness on the now sedated mountain lion, and then help to lower it safely to ground.
Explaining how the cat ended up in a residential area, fish and wildlife biologist Kevin Brennan added: "It is common for young mountain lions to wander outside what some would consider normal habitat in an attempt to establish their territory."
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