Police use olive oil to free trapped squirrel
POLICE in northern Germany were forced to turn to an unconventional method when attempting to free a squirrel which had got itself stuck in a manhole cover.
After unsuccessfully trying to push the squirrel’s head back through gently, officers removed the cover and rubbed olive oil around the its neck.
Police spokeswoman Kathrin Feyerabend said a woman on the outskirts of Hannover discovered the red squirrel on Sunday after hearing its cries.
Its head was poking up above ground through a hole in a manhole cover, its body dangling beneath.
Holding back its small tufted ears, they were able to successfully release it after applying the oil.
But the happy ending was short lived - the squirrel died several hours later, likely from stress.
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