Fortunately, the man who bought the bird feeder had compassion for the squirrel. He called Simon Cowell, founder of the Wildlife Aid Foundation and not the "American Idol" judge.
"I've done so many of these over the years, you'd be surprised," said Cowell, who used a set of pliers to cut the wire around the squirrel's body. "The trick is to cut the wire without cutting the squirrel, which he wouldn't be very grateful for."
It only took a few moments, and when the "very big, angry" squirrel realized he was free he shot away like a bolt of lightning - almost too quickly for the camera woman to follow.
"The camera lady missed the release," Cowell lamented into the camera.