The life of a small sewer rat might seem worthless to some people, but no one can determine the worth of life except the creature itself.
This is the story of such a rat who found exceptional people who loved him for what he was.
When a family called animal rescuers from Berufstierrettung Rhein Neckar in Germany, they weren’t expecting it to be about a rat. But there he was. A chubby creature stuck in a sewage drain’s hole on a Sunday.
It seemed like he had gained a little too much weight and couldn’t get out of the opening, no matter how much he wiggled to free himself.
With luck, he was caught struggling before something terrible happened to him.
Rescuers were on their way. And the rat didn’t have much problem, aside from his weight.
“He was in a really good condition,” Andreas Steinbach, spokesperson for Berufstierrettung Rhein Neckar, said.
But his badly out of shape body was the trouble here and the rescuers couldn’t free him without hurting him, even with the equipment they had with themselves. The hole was too tight on him and it was too risky.
This needed a special kind of rescue.
“We weren’t able to rescue the rat alone,” Steinbach said. “So we called the volunteer firefighters.”
Of course, they saw the situation as a serious one. And they gave their all to find a solution.
What they came up with was a plan that would avoid the risk of pulling the rat out and hurting him. Instead, they tried a whole new idea.
They turned the sewer cover over and try to get him out from the bottom part of it.
The teamwork paid off!
The rat was saved!
With his newfound freedom, the rat scattered off into the sewer.
But he wasn’t ungrateful. Not at all. Just the opposite, in fact. “He made a brief look back at us as if to say, ‘Thank you — and yes, I know I need to go on a diet,'” Steinbach said.
Making this story even sweeter is the fact that there were more thank-yous on their way.
The successful group of rescuers were approached by two children from the family.
And to show how the mission had inspired them and how thankful they were, they had drawn a picture!
While some may not appreciate what these people have done, but you have to admit that it’s always the littlest things that make the biggest differences. Steinbach and other volunteers concur wholeheartedly.
“We make no difference about what kind of animal needs help. We are in animal rescue, not in pest control,” Steinbach said, adding that reaction to the rescue has been mixed, though mostly encouraging. “We got some bad messages from people saying that rats are pests, but we got many more good messages and thanks from a lot of people.”
Hopefully, people will find it encouraging rather than demotivating.
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