Police in Mainz, Germany, were alerted to the distressed squirrel after a concerned resident spotted him on the ground beneath a tree, presumably after having fallen from his nest. Officers responding to the call were, rightfully, hesitant about stepping in too quickly — hoping the situation would resolve itself.
"We looked at him for a while, because his mother was still up on the tree, but she didn’t come down to help him," a spokesperson for the Mainz Police told The Dodo. "[He] became weaker and weaker so we had to intervene."
They scooped up the little squirrel and tried to take him to an animal shelter, but the shelter was closed. So, one of the officers consulted a vet on how to care for him herself. Afterward, she took a snap of the squirrel about to take a nap on her cap.