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A rotund rodent with a whole lotta “winter flab” had to be rescued by an entire team of firefighters after she became stuck in a sewer grate. The chubby little lady was found stuck in the manhole on Sunday in the German town of Bensheim, sparking a large-scale rescue operation. Despite their best efforts, animal rescue operation Berufstierrettung Rhein Neckar were unable to dislodge the fat rat and called in volunteer firefighters for reinforcement.
“She had a lot of winter flab and was stuck fast at her hip — there was no going forward or back,” animal rescuer Michael Sehr told local media, BBC News reported. Dramatic footage from the rescue shows no less than seven German firefighters lifting the manhole before lassoing the pest and setting her free into Bensheim’s sewerage underbelly. New Yorkers will no doubt wonder why anyone would go to so much trouble to save a rodent. But Sehr insisted animals of all pedigree — even disease-infested New York straphangers — deserve to be held with esteem. “Even animals that are hated by many deserve respect,” he said.
The chubby little lady was found stuck in the manhole on Sunday in the German town of Bensheim, sparking a large-scale rescue operation.