This Is Nuts: British Firemen Rush to Help Stranded Squirrel

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- A squirrel in England is once again bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, thanks to the efforts of more than a dozen first responders.

The Daily Mail reports the rodent accidentally slipped into a frigid pond in the town of Watford in the U.K. on Sunday, but the animal was unable to scramble back onto a stone outcropping to safety.  Instead, it became marooned on a small island where a passerby spotted it, and called emergency services.

Soon, two fire trucks and two other emergency vehicles raced to the scene, and firemen lowered ladders down into the water and onto the rodent's rocky refuge.  The squirrel quickly scampered up the ladders to safety.

While some criticized the fire department's response as excessive, representatives say having professionals respond and solve the situation in 20 minutes was safer than having a concerned civilian launch his or her own rescue attempt.

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