A man in Germany might not have been in danger when he called the cops with a squirrel who was following him, but everything was fine for the furry suspect.
The emergency services in the city of Karlsruhe received a call Thursday from a man panicked that the little animal would not stop following him, the security guard reported. The police reached the scene where the squirrel ended the persecution by lying down and going to sleep.
It turned out that the squirrel was the one who needed help, the police said.
"It often happens that squirrels who have lost their mothers are looking for a replacement and then concentrate on one person," police spokeswoman Christina Krenz told the Guardian.
The squirrel, now called Karl-Friedrich, is in the care of an animal rescue center. The Karlsruhe police have published a Facebook statement about the animal, including some gorgeous photos. The department wished Karl-Friedrich the best.
The baby squirrel's chase is the second case in which the police come in contact with the squirrel to make international headlines this summer. Last month, a London woman called the police after hearing loud noises in her house and suspecting a burglar. The intruder turned out to be a "rogue squirrel", according to law enforcement agencies.
Although the authorities in the German case said the squirrel needs help, animal welfare experts generally warn that they should be orphaned before engaging in a squirrel. Do your best to make sure the creature really needs help. The Wildlife Center of Virginia, which receives hundreds of calls every year about supposedly orphaned squirrels, published this handy guide to determine if such an animal really needs help and what to do if it does. If in doubt, contact a local wildlife rescuer, rehabilitation center or animal control.