German rescuers hailed as heroes after freeing fat rat from manhole

Minnie Murray
March 1, 2019

Despite their best efforts, animal rescue operation Berufstierrettung Rhein Neckar were unable to dislodge the fat rat and called in volunteer firefighters for reinforcement.

The fire service were notified after the female rat was spotted trapped in the entrance to a sewer in the town of Bensheim, and they quickly enlisted the help of the local animal rescue team from Rhein Neckar.

An animal rescuer with the "Berufstierrettung Rhein Neckar" made an unsuccessful attempt to free the distressed rodent, but ended up calling for backup from the local volunteer fire department in Auerbach, located some 30 kilometers (19 miles) north of Mannheim.

It took about eight firefighters and an animal expert to help the rat to freedom. "We don't make any difference between animals", spokesman for the group Andreas Steinbach says.

A roly-poly rat got itself into a bit of a situation after the rodent managed to squeeze only its fat backside through a hole, becoming stuck in a sewer grate in Germany.

A close-up photo showing the rat with its mouth agape has also tickled social media users, who said that they could relate to the tubby critter. Once free, the rat was promptly returned to the sewer.

"Thank you for rescuing her!"

Footage of the rescue shared on the animal rescue team's Facebook page prompted hundreds of comments, with many thanking the men for helping an animal many consider to be vermin.

Mr Sehr said: "When the manhole cover was completely raised, I was able to free the rat with a twisting motion".

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