And that fear made freeing Walter, who was born just this past spring, rather difficult. "He was very tired but still had enough gumption in him to struggle," Diehl said. "He was so tense, struggling and very, very frightened, that we weren't able to get his head worked out of the hole without his struggling."
Eventually, rescuers decided to give Walter a nice dose of sedatives, which calmed him enough to let Diehl - still clad in protective gloves, of course - wiggle his head out of the grate.
Miraculously, Walter sustained no physical injuries from his misadventure, but was very tired. The rescue team took him back to the wildlife center, where they let him sleep off his adventure so that he could be monitored for a few hours.