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Manhole rescue proves too much for plucky squirrel

The Local · 5 Jul 2011, 14:31

Published: 05 Jul 2011 14:31 GMT+02:00

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Christened “Gullyver” (a play on the German word for sewage drainage) by the Hamburger Abendblatt the red squirrel was found Monday afternoon with its head stuck helplessly in a hole in manhole cover.

Passers-by and fire fighters tried to free Gullyver but failed. So the fire department took him to a local animal shelter, where workers anaesthetized the furry beast before managing to free him using a cutting machine as well as copious amounts of soap, grease and water.

Gullyver did not appear to be badly injured at first. He was to remain under observation in an animal shelter before being released.

But on Tuesday, shelter officials said he had died shortly after midnight. Normally squirrels do not come into such close contact with humans and it all appeared to have been too much for the Gullyver.

“We assume that it has succumbed to the stress," said a spokeswoman for the shelter.

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Your comments about this article

16:22 July 5, 2011 by marimay
So sad. I love squirrels. :(
19:58 July 5, 2011 by DOZ
One whack with a hammer would have drove the rodent home.
00:33 July 6, 2011 by iseedaftpeople
gotta love slow news days...
01:21 July 6, 2011 by vonSchwerin
Is this for real? Hilarious!

It's just like an episode of the TV program "Third Rock from the Sun." (I break for Dick!)
01:31 July 6, 2011 by Slimtots
lol...is this for real?
01:47 July 6, 2011 by wood artist
Kinda sad, really. It's too bad that so many of the things mankind creates have the unintended effect of providing hazards for other creatures.

09:45 July 6, 2011 by moistvelvet
Meanwhile in other news, a dog was left homeless and hungry when it's owners were killed during an NATO airstrike on a "suspected" target with weapons supplied by Germany.

sad for the squirrel, but like the article says it is a rodent, someone has too much time on their hands.
20:42 July 9, 2011 by wenddiver
Moistvelvet- So you have room in your heart for terrorists/suicide bombers, but none for a friendly little Squirrel trying to survive????? LOL, another good reason to reject your culture, sick that you would even try to inject your political cause into the poor little guys death. Strongly advise you seek Psychiatric help.

I always carry a Blackwater Blowout kit in the car so I can save animals hit by cars. Mostly I save Racoons and turtles.
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