A squirrel in the western German city of Dortmund sparked a major rescue operation after it got stuck in a manhole cover.

Firefighters in the city of Dortmund were called upon to help a red squirrel in need of rescue. But with its head firmly stuck in the manhole cover, rescuers had to get creative in order to free the distressed animal.

A squirrel trying to get out of a sewer system in the western German city of Dortmund found itself in a sticky situation on Thursday morning.

More specifically, the squirrel's head firmly stuck in a manhole cover.

Dortmund firefighters were alerted to the distressed animal around 10:30 a.m. local time, authorities said in a statement.

After several attempts to free the squirrel on site failed, firefighters had to get creative.

The team ended up removing the entire manhole cover — with the squirrel still stuck inside — and took it to a veterinary office.

The veterinary team was able to safely remove the squirrel from the manhole cover after sedating the critter.

According to firefighters, the squirrel sustained "minor injuries" on its neck and will remain in the veterinary office to receive further treatment.

It was treated for superficial neck wounds and is expected to be released back into the wild soon.


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