Photo of the Day: The squirrel who got stuck in a German manhole cover

A squirrel in the western German city of Dortmund sparked a major rescue operation after it got stuck in a manhole cover.

Photo of the Day: The squirrel who got stuck in a German manhole cover
The squirrel sparked a rescue operation. Photo: Feuerwehr Dortmund

The squirrel was discovered with its head poking through the drain cover in the city's Hainalle on Thursday morning. Emergency services were alerted around 10.30am.

Firefighters presumed that the rodent had tried to escape from the sewer system through the manhole cover – but had unfortunately got into a sticky situation during the process.

Rescue teams didn't manage to free the squirrel so they took the manhole cover – with the animal stuck inside – to a nearby vet.

Photo: Feuerwehr Dortmund

Vet staff then managed to release the squirrel after putting it under an anaesthetic.

The squirrel had some injuries to its neck, but they were not thought to be serious. The tiny animal will receive further treatment at the vet.

The manhole cover was replaced after the rescue.

Not the first animal to get stuck in Germany

Earlier this year a rat in Bensheim, Hesse, had to be rescued from a manhole cover after becoming stuck.

The rat was discovered with its head and upper body protruding from the manhole cover in the town about 30 kilometres south of Frankfurt.

The rat had been trapped due to too much ‘Winterspeck', a German word which literally translates to ‘winter bacon' and refers to the extra weight one puts on during the winter period.

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WWII bombs in Dortmund made safe after mass evacuation

Around 14,000 people were evacuated Sunday from their homes in the German city of Dortmund after local authorities identified suspected World War II bombs in the city centre.

WWII bombs in Dortmund made safe after mass evacuation
Image: Picture Alliance

Officials there warning on Saturday that unexploded bombs dropped by Allied forces during the war might be buried in four sites in a heavily populated part of the city centre.

Workers had detected anomalies during construction work, they announced on the city's official Twitter.

Two unexploded bombs weighing 250 kilogrammes each, one British and the other American, were found and made safe. Searches for another two suspected bombs turned up nothing.

The precautions included the evacuation of two hospitals and the interruption of rail traffic. 

The discovery of World War II bombs is not uncommon in Germany.

Last September a 250-kilo bomb was made safe in Hanover, with 15,000 people evacuated.

And in Frankfurt, in 2017, some 65,000 people were evacuated when a 1.4 tonne bomb was found, the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.

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