August 12, 2018 11:44 am

German police save man from baby squirrel, later adopt it as mascot

Police apprehended the dangerous offender and took him into custody.

Handout, Polizeipräsidium Karlsruhe

A German man was so relentlessly harassed by a baby squirrel that he called the police for help.

Police in the city of Karlsruhe, in southwestern Germany, responded to the emergency call on Thursday. They arrived to find the man being chased by the tiny creature.

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Upon seeing the police, the squirrel promptly fell asleep, according to a press release from the Karlsruhe police.

Officers apprehended the dangerous offender, who spent time in custody at the local police station.

He was later adopted as an unofficial mascot by the police force, and given the name “Karl-Friedrich.”

Karl-Friedrich was eventually released to the custody of a local animal rescue organization, as he was apparently looking for a new home.

According to Piedmont Wildlife Rehab, orphaned baby squirrels often approach people for help.

WATCH: A squirrel reported to have stolen some cookies from a Brockport, N.Y. home charged down two police officers in December 2017 when they attempted to capture the small animal. The incident was caught on one of the officer’s body cameras.

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