Siberian 'suslik' needs human rescue from passing motorists on Olkhon island in Lake Baikal.
Out, out and away! Lucky ground squirrel is rescued by a couple of drivers. Picture: Tatiana PsihAl
A watchful couple notice the ground squirrel wedged in its hole in the middle of a dirt track on the popular tourist island. A female voice tells the driver to slow down and asks: 'What's up there?'
A male voice answers: 'Is he stuck?' His companion says: 'Let me have a look... we've got to help', and walks out of the car. As she examines the marooned creature in its hole, he shouts: 'Don't touch him Tan (Tanya), he can bite!'
She carefully studies the problem and when the man brings a blue cloth she uses it to help ease the creature out of its hole, avoiding his bites.
Finally she plucks out the ground squirrel which scurries for cover.
Located close to border region pivotal in war with Japan, experts say the pass was used to exchange intelligence.