In Wartford, Hertforeshire yesterday, a little squirrel stranded in the middle of a pond was rescued by a team of SEVEN firefighters who came in THREE fire engines.
The firefighters responded to a call by one resident who told them that a squirrel has fallen from a tree and is stranded in a pond. The little creature couldn’t climb back up to dry land so it took refuge on a small island formed of rocks and grass in the pond.
The crew dutifully placed a ladder on the island, while a fireman stepped into the pond to help the squirrel. The little creature then stepped into the water, swam up to the ladder and climbed to dry land, before taking off without a thank-you.
The firefighters then packed up their tools and went their way.
As you would expect, many people have termed the whole mission a ‘waste of taxpayers’ money’. We agree, because in a place like Africa, that squirrel would have been turned into bush meat …
FYI: Squirrels can swim, using their tail as rudder. But they use this ability only during emergencies.
[Images via Daily Mail.]