Fat rat saved from manhole by German animal rescue

Fat rat saved from manhole by German animal rescue

    Fat rat saved from manhole by German animal rescue

    n the German town of Bensheim, rescue workers got an unusual call - a chubby rat needed help after getting stuck halfway out of a sewer manhole.
    "She had a lot of winter flab and was stuck fast at her hip - there was no going forward or back," animal rescuer Michael Sehr told local media.
    A fairly large rescue operation ensued - leading some to question why all the effort was spent on saving a sewer rat.
    "Even animals that are hated by many deserve respect," Mr Sehr responded.
    Volunteer firefighters reacted to a call on Sunday afternoon, the local fire department said, and noted the "animal rescue, small animal" code.
    Mr Sehr, from the local professional animal rescue in Rhein Neckar, was already there - but could not free the chunky rodent from the top of the manhole cover.

    With the assistance of a full team of firefighters, the cover was upraised and propped on wedges whereas man Sehr managed to pop the rotund rat free.

    She was discharged straight back to the sewer - however not before some close-up images were snapped.

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    Once uploaded to the animal rescue team's Facebook page, they attracted hundreds of comments applauding the care given to an animal that is more often targeted for extermination.

    For Mr Sehr, however, there was no charge for the finder of this animal in distress - but he did receive a hand-drawn picture of the rat, surrounded by hearts, from the little girl who first found the distressed and squeaking creature.

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