Fat rat stuck in manhole cover captures the internet’s heart

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A rat has returned to its rightful place in a Bensheim, Germany, sewer after being rescued from a manhole cover.

And the overweight rodent has captured the collective hearts of the internet.

Volunteer firefighters received a call of a small animal that needed rescuing on Sunday and arrived to discover the chunky rat trapped in the manhole cover, according to the BBC.

“She had a lot of winter flab and was stuck fast at her hip — there was no going forward or back,” Michael Sehr, an animal rescuer, said, according to the BBC.

The team of firefighters were eventually able to free the rat, and release her right back into the sewer from whence she came.

But first, the rescuers took plenty of photos, which they uploaded to their Facebook page.

“Even animals that are hated by many deserve respect,” Sehr said.

As the pictures spread online, the whole encounter was turned into a meme and shared repeatedly on Twitter, with many people saying they saw themselves in the heavyset sewer rat.

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