A group of firefighters in Germany banded together to rescue a very cute fat rat that got itself stuck in a manhole cover.
The incident happened on Sunday in the town of Bensheim where volunteer firefighters responded to the stuck rat after a young girl alerted them. At least one animal rescuer and eight firefighters can be counted in the above video.
Thankfully, all that manpower resulted in a safe extraction of the chubby, almost cuddly, little critter. Animal rescuer Michael Sehr told local outlets, according to the BBC, “She had a lot of winter flab and was stuck fast at her hip — there was no going forward or back.” As to why to rescue a rat, Sehr said, “Even animals that are hated by many deserve respect.”
As if to put an extra smiley face on the happy ending, the young girl who found the rat gave the first responders a lovely little hand-drawn thank you note.