(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from thedodo.com)
Have you ever had an off day when you're so tired and hungry that you just don't act like yourself?
A squirrel in Germany was having one of those days in mid-July, but nobody in the park knew that at the time. To parkgoers, he seemed to be following a woman for no reason at all.
Then he wouldn't leave her alone.
The woman attempted to ward off the little guy, but he turned aggressive and continued to adamantly pursue her, according to The Telegraph. Distressed and desperate, she made an emergency phone call to the polizei, the local German authorities.
That's when police took matters into their own leather-bound hands.
The police confirmed that the squirrel acted aggressively toward the woman, so they booked him.
Back at the station, they discovered the reason the poor little guy was acting a little nuts: He was hungry and tired!
The squirrel calmed down when police served him apples and honey. He washed down the meal with some tea, according to the Polizei NRW Recklinghausen's Facebook post .
Bottrop: Eichhörnchen nach Verfolgung in Gewahrsam genommen Ein sehr ungewöhnlicher Notruf erreichte heute Morgen die Polizei in Bottrop. Ein Eichhörnchen verfolgte eine junge Frau an der Eichenstraße.Die Beamten stellten fest: das stimmt! Sie nahmen den Verfolger in Gewahrsam und brachten ihn zur Polizeiwache. Dort zeigte das Eichhörnchen erste Erschöpfungserscheinungen, denen die Beamten mit Apfelstücken und Honigtee entgegenwirkten. Frisch gestärkt soll es dann einer Auffangstation übergeben werden.----------------------#Polizei#RecklinghausenPosted by Polizei NRW Recklinghausen on Wednesday, July 15, 2015
The police wrote in the post that once the squirrel recovered from his exhaustion, he'd be brought to an animal rescue center.
Chasing a woman in the park, being taken into custody and being fed a sweet dinner by a uniformed officer: It may have been one of the weirdest days of this little squirrel's life, but at least he's not suffering from hunger and exhaustion any more.
This little squirrel wasn't the first to caught us by surprise. One squirrel recently picked a fight with a snake and won. Another squirrel decided to partake in some holiday decorating. And in 2014, a squirrel caused the evacuation of a school playground.
Learn more about squirrels and their internal GPS system that allows them to locate their nuts months later even under a thick layer of snow here.