German police save man from baby squirrel terror

A baby squirrel photographed by German police after it chased a man down the street Image copyright EPA/KARLSRUHE POLICE
Image caption The baby squirrel fell asleep after tiring itself out chasing the caller

German police have come to the rescue of a man being chased by a baby squirrel.

Officers in the south-western city of Karlsruhe responded to the call for help and arrived to see the creature still terrorising the caller.

The squirrel was taken into custody after it abruptly fell asleep.

A police report of the incident say the persistent rodent has become their new mascot, and has been dubbed Karl-Friedrich.

According to the report, baby Karl-Friedrich is being well looked after in an animal rescue centre.

Karlsruhe police posted a tweet about the case on Thursday, with more photos of the offender.

Squirrels are known to chase after human beings when in need of food or help.

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

"It can be pretty scary," she said, determining that the caller "was certainly feeling a bit threatened".

Image caption Karlsruhe police said the squirrel would be their new mascot
Image caption Karl-Friedrich is safe and being well cared for in an animal rescue centre

Squirrel attacks are not always so benign.

In July last year, New York authorities warned Prospect Park visitors to avoid an "unusually aggressive" squirrel that attacked five people in the space of one week.

A three-year-old boy in Cornwall, UK was left covered in blood the previous year after being bitten by six squirrels.

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