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Heroic Squirrel Saved With Olive Oil

This little guy got stuck in a manhole cover in Germany, so local police had to help him out. He died a few hours later, but his story probably made the squirrel nightly news as a cautionary tale.

A squirrel with olive oil? For police in northern Germany, that was a winning combination to free an animal trapped in a manhole cover.

Police spokeswoman Kathrin Feyerabend said Monday a woman on the outskirts of Hannover discovered the red squirrel Sunday after hearing its cries.

Its head was poking up above ground through a hole in a manhole cover, its body dangling beneath.

After unsuccessfully trying to push the head back through gently, police officers removed the cover and rubbed olive oil around the squirrel’s neck.

Holding back its small tufted ears, they were able to successfully release it.

R.I.P, squirrel friend.

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