For some people, the welfare of a sewer rat in the world may not be much, but it means everything to him. Luckily, he found some kind people who agreed that his life is worth protecting for this chubby urban rodent who got into a somewhat awkward kind of trouble.
Animal rescuers from Germany’s Berufstierrettung Rhein Neckar received a call on Sunday from a worried family who had spotted the chubby rat stuck in a sewage drain cover.
He obviously packed a little too much weight to wiggle himself through the opening – and he was caught in a pointless struggle to wriggle freely at that moment.
The desperation of the rat was quite obvious. But he wasn’t without help for a long time.
Soon, the rescue group’s volunteers were on the scene, noting that the rat was healthy, apart from being stuck.
“He was in a really good condition,” Andreas Steinbach, spokesperson for Berufstierrettung Rhein Neckar, told The Dodo.
But the ample figure of the rat was such that the rescuers could not get him out through the hole with their equipment. He was firmly corked.
Some specialized backup would be needed for this rodent rescue.
“We weren’t able to rescue the rat alone,” Steinbach said. “So we called the volunteer firefighters.”
And they also took the situation seriously.
Instead of trying to yank the rat the way he was heading through the hole, risking injuring the little guy, firefighters tried a different approach.
The sewer cover was lifted up to pull him back down.
It was a lovely team effort – an act of kindness for a rat. Fortunately, it worked.
After a quick assessment, the chubby rat was released into the sewer system he calls home.
Before disappearing, however, he seemed to send a message to those who’d come to save him: “He made a brief look back at us, as if to say, ‘Thank you — and yes, I know I need to go on a diet,'” Steinbach said.
But that day the rodent wasn’t the only grateful one.
After the successful rescue, the to helpers were greeted by two children from the family who had called to save the rat’s life.
The whole thing began with their kind spirits – and they came with a picture they drew to express their gratitude to those who listened to their call.
“We make no difference about what kind of animal needs help. We are in animal rescue, not in pest control,” Steinbach said, adding that reaction to the rescue has been mixed, though mostly encouraging. “We got some bad messages from people saying that rats are pests, but we got many more good messages and thanks from a lot of people.”