Fire crew called out to "rescue" squirrel from a telegraph pole

Published Monday, Nov 16 2015, 18:30 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Fire fighters in Norfolk who sent a crew out to rescue a squirrel from a telegraph pole have been accused of wasting £400 of taxpayers' money.

The RSPCA called out the five firemen because they were concerned for the rodent. It appeared to be stuck on top of a telegraph pole and had been there for more than a day.

But as soon as the emergency services propped their ladder up against the pole, the squirrel jumped off and ran away.

A squirrel was "rescued" from a telegraph pole in Norfolk

© Geoffrey Swaine/REX Shutterstock

Stock image: The 10 minute rescue cost £400

It was estimated that this mission cost taxpayers £400 based on an average cost for a 10-minute rescue.

Local Sophie Young, 20, told The Sun: "It was a waste of money. Squirrels aren't animals we should be going near anyway.

"It's not like it was a cat."

Fire services told The Sun the only cost was fuel, which they estimated was £2.

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