Skip to comments.Squirrel Dies Despite Police Olive Oil Rescue
Posted on 08/12/2012 2:08:31 PM PDT by nickcarraway
The week got off to an emotional start for police officers in a small German town after they poured energy - and olive oil - into freeing a squirrel with its head stuck in a manhole cover, only to find it had died of stress a couple of hours later.
The pair of officers were called to the squirrel's aid on Monday when a woman found its little head, squealing manically, poking out of the road, the Hannoversche Allgemeine newspaper reported.
Initially they tried to push the animal's head down through the hole but it was too tightly jammed in, and upset the animal even more.
Sensing that their plan was not working, the officers in Isernhagen, Lower Saxony, decided to lift the entire lid up. With the heavy metal and concrete disc now vertical, one pushed gently on the squirrel's head while the other tried to tease its bottom half out.
This made little difference and the police officers decided to think outside the box by rubbing olive oil around the squirrel's neck.
But no amount of lubrication helped, and the officers found themselves with an oily and extremely upset squirrel on their hands.
Until, that is, one of them had the brainwave of pushing the animal's ears down before starting to tug it out again - this worked and it slid out, the paper said.
The squirrel was taken to shake the trauma off in a nearby garden, where officers left it looking relatively healthy. Bad news came some hours later though, when a neighbour reported that it had died.
The stress, the police told the paper, was probably too much for the animal to handle. But he is now thought to be in a big happy nut tree in the sky where there are no manhole covers.
Has Germany never heard of Whack A Mole?
I blame Popeye.
Godless socialist countries!
I’d be willing to bet
that more tears were
poured out for the one
rat’s demise than
for all the pre-born babies
killed in Germany.
We’re VERY close
Poor little guy. A cat apparently attacked a squirrel in my yard the other day. He was a cute little guy, probably just an adolescent. He was walking around in circles and kept falling down. I managed to get him in a box and gave him some water. Luckily, there’s a wildlife rehab center not too far away. I took him there. I hope he’s okay. I love squirrels.
What's all the hubbub Bub?
All this for a fuzzy rat.
Olive oil?? They go better with biscuits and gravy.
Why waste olive oil on a tree rat?
They should have put it out of its misery quickly.
I don't know about that. He put part of his body in a hole in which it had no business and he died shortly thereafter. Sounds like poetic justice. Hollyweird, you listening?
Couldn’t they just step on it?
Poor little guy! That’s horrible!
Of course, if he’s already oiled up; start the barbeque.
(sorry for any damaged keyboards)
Of course, if hes already oiled up; start the barbeque.
You know that sensitivity thing you're working on?
Keep working on it.
Indeed. I tell my wife and daughters this all the time. They chew wires, roofs, whatever and even cause fires. I shoot them with a BB gun. Done.