A baby squirrel is seen in Los Angeles, California on September 7, 2009. Recently, in the City of Santa Monica, California, officials came up with a novel way to control the squirrel population in Palisades Park. County officials are concerned that the squirrels pose a danger to public health, but the city wants a more humane solution to the problem than the usual method of euthanasia. Instead, they are opting to give the squirrels a contraceptive vaccine. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
On Thursday, a man in Germany called police because he was being chased by a baby squirrel. A baby squirrel! Some people have all the luck.
According to The Guardian, when officers sent a patrol car out to “investigate,” they found the chase “still in full flow,” and probably, one assumes, still fully adorable. The saga “ended suddenly when the squirrel, apparently exhausted by its exertions, lay down abruptly and fell asleep.”
Police believe the tiny, overeager angel targeted the man because it had been separated from its mother, and was looking for a new guardian.
“It often happens that squirrels which have lost their mothers look for a replacement and then focus their efforts on one person,” said police spokeswoman Christina Krenz. She added that the soft little babies could be “very persistent, not just running behind someone, but entirely fixated on them. It can be pretty scary. The man didn’t know what to do and so he called the police. He was certainly feeling a bit threatened.”
Personally, I think having a squirrel kitten be “entirely fixated” on me sounds like a dream come true. But to each their own, I guess.
The police took the squirrel into custody (!) and then to an animal shelter that is currently caring for two other abandoned baby squirrels. Officers named the detainee Karl-Friedrich, which is a good, strong name for such a determined little guy, and said he would be their station’s mascot.
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