This was not a typical distress call for German police.
“Help, I’m being followed by a squirrel!” a man called in desperation Thursday morning, according to the duty officer of the Karslruhe Police.
Officers were quickly dispatched to investigate.
Yes, this happened.
„Hilfe, ich werde von einem #Eichhörnchen verfolgt!“ Eventuell mit diesen Worten richtete sich am Do, gegen 8:00 Uhr früh, ein Mann an den Karlsruher Polizeinotruf.
Zur PM: https://t.co/QwOz51pXH8
— Polizei Karlsruhe (@Polizei_KA) August 9, 2018
The man, who remains unnamed, just couldn’t shake the persistent little critter.
The baby squirrel was in full pursuit; the man, actually running, when police arrived. But then, suddenly it was over.
“The squirrel has fallen asleep because of the horror,” police said in a statement.
Police had a little fun with the whole episode.
“Squirrel becomes a new mascot, baptized in the name of: Karl-Friedrich,” police said later.
The stubborn, but sleepy little rodent was taken into police custody. Then, to an animal rescue facility, where it is being cared for.
Officials figure the baby squirrel somehow became separated from its mother and was looking for a new home.
The hapless – and no doubt embarrassed – man simply became the animal’s fixation.
Photos Karlsruhe Police/Twitter