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.