Chubby Rat Is Too Fat, Got Stuck In Sewer Gate and Had To Be Rescued

A whole team of firefighters came to the rescue of this chubby rat that got itself caught in a sewer grate in Bensheim, Germany.


The chubby little lady was found stuck in the manhole on Sunday in the German town of Bensheim, sparking a large-scale rescue operation, The New York Post reports.

Despite their best efforts, animal rescue operation Berufstierrettung Rhein Neckar were unable to dislodge the fat rat and called in volunteer firefighters for reinforcement.

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“She had a lot of winter flab and was stuck fast at her hip — there was no going forward or back,” animal rescuer Michael Sehr told local media.

Footage from the rescue shows no less than seven German firefighters lifting the manhole before lassoing the pest and setting her free into Bensheim’s sewerage underbelly. After freeing the tubby rodent, the internet is alight with many wondering why anyone would go to so much trouble to save a rat.

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But Sehr insisted animals of all pedigree — even disease-infested New York straphangers — deserve to be held with esteem.

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