German police come to rescue of man being chased by baby squirrel

Police arrived to witness the end of the pursuit which ended when the exhausted animal collapsed and fell asleep. The squirrel had likely lost its mother and was aggressively seeking a new home officials say

But that's exactly what happened in the German city of Karlsruhe, however, when officers were asked to rescue a distressed man who was desperately trying to flee from a clingy baby squirrel.

Officers received a call for help and arrived to see the animal still chasing the caller in Karlsruhe, Germany.

The squirrel was so exhausted from its pursuit of the man that it "fell asleep because of the horror", police added.

Police spokeswoman Christina Krenz told the Guardian squirrels that have lost their mothers can focus their attention on one person as a replacement.

Police said the animal was well looked after.

They could be 'very persistent, not just running behind someone but entirely fixated on them. It can be pretty scary.

In somewhat related squirrel news, a woman called Stuttgart police after seeing a puppy on the train tracks. "He was certainly feeling a bit threatened".

The police, however, seemed to have been amused by the rescue mission.

An excerpt from the police report posted on the police website said: "The squirrel will becomes a new mascot and will be christened Karl-Friedrich". Followed by the message, "The squirrel has fallen asleep because of the shock". It turned out to be a baby squirrel.

Krenz said the rescue centre was looking after two other abandoned baby squirrels brought in on the same day for similar reasons, though theirs was the only case in which police have had to intervene.

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