It is perhaps one of the more unusual calls received by German police. "Help, I am being pursued by a squirrel," said the terrified man when he telephoned the emergency services in the city of Karlsruhe.
And not just any squirrel. When a squad car arrived it turned out to be a baby squirrel.
The rescue proved simple when the tiny rodent, exhausted by the pursuit, promptly fell asleep.
Officers said the squirrel was probably simply looking for a new home.
“It often happens that squirrels which have lost their mothers look for a replacement and then focus their efforts on one person,” Christina Krenz, police spokeswoman, told The Guardian.
She added that the animals 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,” she said. “He was certainly feeling a bit threatened.”
And squirrels have been known to attack humans.
In July last year, the New York parks department warned visitors to look out for an unusually aggressive squirrel in Prospect Park after five people reported being bitten.
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Two years earlier, another squirrel became notorious in California for biting eight people.
The German police officers, however, seemed to take the threat from the tiny terror in their stride.
"Squirrel becomes our new mascot, christened Karl-Friedrich," they said in their police report.
"The squirrel has fallen asleep because of fright," they added.
Police took the squirrel into police custody, and then to an animal rescue centre, where they said it was being well looked after.