Firefighters rescue squirrel stuck in manhole cover

Fire crews, police and vets have joined forces to rescue a squirrel which was stuck in a manhole cover

The fire brigade in the German city of Dortmund said they responded to a call about the rodent in peril on a street next to a park.

When they arrived, they spotted the tufted-eared squirrel’s head poking out of a hole in the cover.

Initial attempts to free the animal were unsuccessful, so the entire manhole cover was removed and taken to a veterinary clinic, while police were called in to guard the open sewer.

Vets used anesthetic to calm the squirrel and then freed the animal.

It was treated for superficial neck wounds and is expected to soon be released back into the wild.