This sounds like the sort of crazy story you’d expect to see in China or Florida, but it actually happened in Germany: Police took a squirrel into custody after a woman complained that it was stalking her.
Police in North Rhine-Westphalia received the bizarre emergency call on Wednesday from a woman who claimed the rodent was chasing her.
The woman was from Bottrop, a city in west central Germany, on the Rhine-Herne Canal. She tried to lose the resilient rodent, but when that didn’t work she ended up calling the police.
Confirming that it was bothering the woman, officers were eventually able to capture the animal and “arrest it,” according to a message posted on the force’s Facebook page.
Recognizing that this was not normal behavior, the officers realized the baby squirrel was actually suffering from hunger and exhaustion. It’s been theorized that it got separated from its mother, and out of desperation was following the woman hoping for food.
Officers helped the animal recover by feeding it pieces of apple and honey tea — and that’s when things went viral. The video that was uploaded to the police department’s Facebook page has been viewed nearly 450,000 times. You can view the video above.
According to reports, the animal will be transferred to a local animal shelter shortly.