A rat packing on a little extra winter weight got stuck in a sewer grate in Germany on Sunday afternoon, prompting an impressive rescue effort.
Nine emergency responders, including firefighters and animal rescue, arrived at the scene in the town of Bensheim in southwestern Germany to give the rotund rat a hand.
Two young girls apparently made the discovery and looked on as the rescue team struggled to free the animal.
As the situation looked more and more hopeless, rescuers eventually were able to prop up the manhole and secure a safety loop around the rat, and popped her out of the narrow opening.
Video and photos showed the entire scene unfolding, leading up to the rat’s eventual return to her home in the sewer.
To top off the story‘s happy ending, the two young girls who discovered the rat reportedly drew a picture for the rescuers, which showed the rat surrounded by hearts.