Owner pays up on €10K dog rescue bill

Almut B. took the Berlin fire service to court after they asked her for €13,000 for rescuing her terrier Skipper.

Owner pays up on €10K dog rescue bill
Dog owner Almut B. and her lawyer in court on Wednesday. Photo: DPA

Skipper escaped into a badger sett in November 2012 after he was taken for a walk by one of Almut's friends in the Tegel area of north Berlin, the Berliner Morgenpost reported.

It took 40 firemen eight hours to dig several metres into the ground and find the missing dog.

Although the fire service warned that Almut would have to bear the costs of the rescue, she argued in court that the €13,000 bill they first sent was to much for the work.

She also said that she should not have to pay the full amount as it was her friend's fault, rather than her own, that Skipper got lost in the first place.

But she agreed to pay the lower amount of €10,000 after the judges warned that they would reach their own decision if she could not agree with the firemen.

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Swan Late: Mourning bird holds up German trains

A swan mourning the death of its companion on a German railway track held up 23 trains for almost an hour and had to be removed by firefighters using special equipment, police said.

Swan Late: Mourning bird holds up German trains
A swan sat on the tracks, mourning its companion. Photo: picture alliance/dpa/Bundespolizei/Bundespolizei

The two birds had strayed onto the track area of the high-speed line between Kassel and Göttingen in central Germany “during an excursion”, according to Kassel police.

One of the birds died, likely after getting caught in the overhead power cables, said the statement on the December 23rd incident, which was made public late on Monday.

Its companion then sat beside the body in mourning, resisting attempts by officials to lure it away and temporarily closing the line to traffic.

Firefighters with special equipment were later called in and managed to lift the dead swan and its surviving companion away from the area.

Twenty-three trains were delayed for about 50 minutes while the rescue operation took place, the police statement said.

The surviving swan was unharmed and later released onto the river Fulda, it

According to Britain's Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, swans try to find a mate for life.