Wedged-hog! Chubby hedgehog has to be cut free with an angle grinder after getting stuck in a metal gate in Austria
- Fire brigade in city of Graz, Austria, were alerted to a hedgehog stuck in a gate
- Workers used a hydraulic splitter and an angle grinder to free the animal
- Though unharmed, the firefighters handed the creature over to a wildlife shelter
Firefighters have had to use an angle grinder to cut a portly hedgehog out of a metal gate when it found itself stuck.
A passerby alerted the fire brigade in the city of Graz, Austria, to the hedgehog who was unable to move.
A team of firefighters was immediately dispatched to the scene to help the unfortunate animal.
Gate me out of here! The hedgehog was unable to move after getting itself trapped
Using a hydraulic splitter, firefighters first prised the bars apart to make sure the fat hedgehog could breathe.
A fire brigade spokesman said: ‘With the help of an angle grinder and with particular care, the frightened hedgehog was finally freed from its predicament.’
On first inspection, the fat hedgehog seemed uninjured.
The fire brigade decided to hand the animal over to a shelter called ‘Kleine Wildtiere in grosser Not’ (‘Small Animals in Big Need’) as a precaution.
A fire fighter inspects the hedgehog, who appears to have eaten one too many Wiener Schnitzel
Workers first used a hydraulic splitter to prise the bars apart to make sure the fat hedgehog could breathe
However, the Austrian hedgehog was not the first fat animal to be rescue by firefighters.
Earlier this year, firefighters in Bensheim, a town in the central German state of Hesse, had to rescue a fat rat that got stuck in a manhole cover while trying to sneak out of a sewer.
Eyewitness Juliana and her husband Knut were the first ones to spot the chubby rodent.
Juliana said: ‘At first we tried to free the animal ourselves. We took leather working gloves and tried to carefully twist it out of the hole. It was terrified, screaming terribly, and bit into the glove.’
With the help of an angle grinder, the firefighters carefully free the frightened hedgehog from its predicament
They decided to hand the animal over to the shelter ‘Kleine Wildtiere in grosser Not’ (‘Small Animals in Big Need’) as a precaution
Even though Juliana thought it would be easier to pull out the rat once it had bitten its teeth firmly into the glove, they still did not manage to release it.
The family called Michael Sehr of the Professional Animal Rescue Rhein-Neckar to help.
Sehr immediately informed a friend from the local fire brigade, who also arrived on the scene with seven firefighters.
Earlier this year, firefighters in Bensheim, Germany had to rescue a fat rat that got stuck in a manhole cover while trying to sneak out of a sewer
Mr Sehr said: ‘When the manhole cover was completely raised, I was able to free the rat with a twisting motion. It immediately dashed back to the sewers.’
Sehr said that the rat was one of the biggest he ever encountered, adding that it had plenty of ‘winter fat’ on its body.
As a reward for helping the rodent, Juliana and Knut’s two young daughters gave some drawings of the rat to Sehr and the firefighters as a gift.