April 3 (UPI) -- An unlucky squirrel in Massachusetts remained stuck in a hole at the bottom of a dumpster, despite being covered in butter.
The Animal Rescue League of Boston shared photos of the dejected squirrel after rescuers tried to lather it up with butter to slide it out of the small hole.
"This squirrel, buttery and ashamed, got stuck in the drain of a dumpster," the rescue group said. "Took him to [New England Wildlife Center] for a spa day."
The rescue effort began when a Quincy animal control officer tried to use rubbing oil to slide the squirrel out. When that attempt was unsuccessful a good samaritan suggested using butter to grease the animal up.
While their efforts initially failed, rescue technician Bill Tanguay eventually jumped into the dumpster and managed to gently pull the squirrel free and sent it to the New England Wildlife Center where it was expected to recover.
"The squirrel was feisty and suffered some minor abrasions, but was otherwise fine," officials said.
The rescue league warned people to contact animal control or other rescue groups before attempting to help wild animals for the safety of all involved parties.
"It is not recommended to try and free an animal on your own, as once that animal gets free it could bite and with the risk of rabies, you don't want to get bitten by a wild animal," the group said.