Greedy squirrel looking for nuts gets stuck head first in bird feeder

We all know Christmas is a time for indulgence, especially when it comes to food.

But a munching squirrel in Scunthorpe went too far and managed to get stuck in a bird feeder as it gobbled up Christmas nuts.

On Friday, December 17, a resident of a Lime Grove property noticed what had happened and called the RSPCA to alert them to the plight of the squirrel.

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As he gobbled up the nuts inside the bird feeder, he ended up getting stuck head first, body stuck inside and feet hanging down from the bottom.

In a desperate attempt to break free from its predicament, the bird feeder found itself on the ground with the creature still trapped inside.

RSPCA Animal Rescue Inspector Claire Mitchell attended the scene and luckily managed to remove the squirrel.

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She said: “This greedy boy must have come in and obviously fed his Christmas nuts so well that he couldn’t get out.

“His legs were barely hanging from the manger, which reminded me of Santa Claus stuck in a fireplace!” Fortunately, his situation was spotted by residents who alerted us or he could have endured prolonged suffering.

“He was obviously scared, but otherwise he appeared unscathed from his ordeal, but he probably needs to let go for a while!”

“I released him in situ, as we’re legally allowed to do, giving him good traction and as soon as he was free he made a quick jaunt – which was good to see.”

Now, the RSPCA is urging members of the public to closely monitor wildlife feeders in their gardens to ensure animals do not get stuck or injured.

Claire added: “There are many types of ‘squirrel-proof’ feeders, but it looks like a few could still trap wildlife.

“I urge people who have them to regularly check their feeders for any trapped wild animals and if you go on vacation, shoot them.

“You can also use non-squirrel-resistant feeders that can attract other wildlife, but at least that will prevent animals like squirrels from getting trapped. “

Official RSPCA guidelines state that if you encounter a squirrel caught in a bird feeder, you should not attempt to free the animal yourself, as you may injure or injure yourself.

They advise to “watch the situation” and call the RSPCA emergency line on 0300 1234 999.

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