After sparking terror, the baby squirrel fell asleep. (Photo: Twitter/@Polizei_KA)
- German police rescued a man who was chased by a baby squirrel
- A patrol car was sent out to investigate
- The squirrel was then taken into custody
The German Police received an unusual phone call on August 9. A man claimed that he was being chased by a baby squirrel.
Yes, you heard it right. A baby squirrel.
Officers in the south-western city of Karlsruhe received a call from a man claiming that he was being chased down the street by the tiny animal. Police said the man called them in desperation after he was unable to shake off the small rodent.
A patrol car was sent out to investigate. The drama ended suddenly when the squirrel, apparently exhausted by its exertions, lay down abruptly and fell asleep.
The police said the squirrel will be their new mascot. (Photo: Twitter/@Polizei_KA)
The squirrel was then taken into custody.
The officers said the baby squirrel had probably been separated from its mother. In such a case, the baby squirrel would target all its energy in finding a new home, in this case the man.
“It often happens that squirrels, which have lost their mothers, look for a replacement and then focus their efforts on one person,” The Guardian reported Christina Krenz, a police spokeswoman as saying.
She said the animals could be “very persistent, not just running behind someone, but entirely fixated on them. It can be pretty scary. The man didn’t know what to do and so he called the police. He was certainly feeling a bit threatened”.
The policemen have grown attached to the little animal and have also decided that the squirrel will be the departments new mascot. The officers have also though of a name for their little buddy.
The squirrel is safe and kept in an animal rescue centre. (Photo: Twitter/@Polizei_KA)
It will henceforth be called – Karl-Friedrich.
The squirrel was taken to an animal rescue center where it was said to be doing well.
(With inputs from agencies)