Published: Fri, March 01, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Fat rat stuck in manhole cover saved by team of German firefighters

Fat rat stuck in manhole cover saved by team of German firefighters

Mr Sehr, from the local professional animal rescue in Rhein Neckar, was already there - but could not free the chunky rodent from the top of the manhole cover.

"The rat had quite a lot of winter fat and got stuck on its hips - nothing was going forward and nothing back", animal rescuer Michael Sehr told news agency DPA.

Several firefighters responded to the scene and a large rescue operation ensued, prompting many to wonder why a rat rescue was so urgent.

Once released, the rat ran right back to the safety of the sewers.

The rat had popped its head out of the manhole cover in the southern German down of Bensheim and only got halfway through before it became firmly wedged.

A local resident who saw the "terrified" stricken rodent said they initially used gloves to try to twist the animal free.

Despite their best efforts, however, the rescuers were unable to pry the little beast loose and called in backup. The rat was secured with a loop at the end of the pole, then the crew propped up the cover, held aloft with wedges. Variations of "bravo" and "thank you" appeared in hundreds of comments and in myriad languages under Rhein-Neckar's Facebook post about the incident.

"The fat rat stuck in the manhole is making me emotional??" journalist Chris Gayomali wrote on Twitter.

Others pointed out that officials in some German cities are trying to kill sewer rats with poisoned bait, per Deutsche Welle.

Photos of the rat showed its head and rotund torso poking out of the hole, with its bottom half obscured by the sewer cover. If they get stuck via the head or neck it can mean big trouble, but if they get stuck around their portly tummy and there's no helpful volunteer fire department around, they can usually work themselves free, or just wait until they lose an ounce or two and pop themselves free.

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