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A curvaceous rat in Bensheim, Germany, is making global headlines after an embarrassing mishap ― getting stuck in a manhole cover.

The rotund rodent got firmly stuck in the cover's drainage hole and was spotted by a passing family.

Despite rats generally having a poor reputation, especially in cities, Herr Sehr told DPA he did not have any problem with rescuing the rat.

The rat appeared to be uninjured, though slightly embarrassed.

Mr Sehr was then able to push the rat free and it was then released back into the sewer.

Especially if it's a big fat rat unable to move forward or back.

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On Sunday, animal rescue operation Berufstierrettung Rhein Neckar responded to the scene to find a rat squealing helplessly as it attempted to free itself from the manhole.

Video shared on social media by the animal rescue team show nearly a dozen firefighters joining the professional in helping get the rotund rodent free.

Despite most rats' extreme flexibility, it's not uncommon for a chubby rat to get stuck in holes.

As if to put an extra smiley face on the happy ending, the young girl who found the rat gave the first responders a lovely little hand-drawn thank you note.

The internet, as expected, has fallen hard for the portly pest, with Twitter users declaring "We are all fat rat". But as Sehr puts it, "even animals that are hated by many people deserve respect".

Steinbach said that the rat was in good condition after the harrowing ordeal, and that rescuers let the critter go free.