Olive oil used to rescue squirrel

2012-08-06 21:37

Berlin - A squirrel with olive oil? For police in northern Germany, that was a winning combination to free an animal trapped in a manhole cover.

Police spokesperson Kathrin Feyerabend said on Monday 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.

After unsuccessfully trying to push the head back through gently, police officers removed the cover and rubbed olive oil around the squirrel's neck.

Holding back its small tufted ears, they were able to successfully release it.

But Feyerabend says the happy ending was short lived - the squirrel died several hours later, likely from stress.

  • Roulon du Toit - 2012-08-06 22:09

    That's darn depressing

  • Khumo Mashifane - 2012-08-07 04:36

    news24. who gives a rats a$$ about a squirrel and olive oil. really! is this why my bbm status saying Reading News whatever on my News24 mobile app

  • irma.white.9 - 2012-08-07 11:34

    Ah how sad. :(

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