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Firefighters free terrified squirrel from Parade pond
A terrified squirrel was rescued by firefighters from a pond in Watford town centre on Sunday afternoon.
The furry rodent had become trapped on an island in the middle of the water feature in the Parade, prompting calls to the RSPCA and the Hertfordshire fire service.
Two appliances and seven firefighters from Watford and Garston attended at around noon and used a ladder and wading gear to help the furry critter.
The soaking squirrel gratefully swam out to the ladder before scampering up it to safety.
Eyewitness Martin Ramirez had been shopping in town when he saw the commotion.
He said: "I was there when the fire brigade got the animal out. Quite a few people stopped to watch and take photos.
"I have every praise for the fire service, I was really taken aback by their professionalism and it was wonderful to see. If it hadn’t been for them that terrified little thing would have died."
Photos of the incident drew a mixed response from users on Twitter with some criticising the use of public funds to rescue a squirrel while others defended the action.
A Hertfordshire firefighter said the decision to rescue the squirrel was made partly due to concern that drunk individuals would try to rescue it and end up needing further emergency response.