Fat rat stuck in manhole rescued by firefighters in Germany

Overweight rodent found itself in trouble after it tried to squeeze through a small gap in a sewer cover

A team of volunteer firefighters were called to the scene of an unusual emergency in the western German town of Bensheim-Auerbach after a fat rat was found wedged halfway through a manhole cover. Video: Berufstierrettung Rhein Neckar

A multi-agency rescue operation has taken place in the town of Bensheim in Germany after a tubby rat became stuck in a manhole cover.

The rat, still plump with “winterspeck” - which translates literally as winter bacon and refers to extra pounds piled on in the colder months - became stuck after it tried to squeeze through a small gap in the sewer cover.

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