If you ever find yourself getting close to a squirrel, for whatever reason, then don’t be surprised if the squirrel mistakes your finger for a nut and tries to take a bite out of it!
But then if you DID just so happen to have your skin tickled by the teeth of a squirrel, what would YOU do?
Would you go home and dip your finger in some antiseptic fluid? Maybe you would nip down to your local Pharmacist and ask them for some advice?
Or maybe, if you was really worried, then you might call the NHS on the non-emergency number (111) and find out what they recommend in relation to the best course of action to take.
However, I am fairly certain that you probably would not call 999 and expect an emergency ambulance to come rushing to the scene in order to place a plaster (or other bandage) onto the gaping flesh wound.
But calling 999 is exactly what someone did recently having had a less-than-happy encounter with a wild squirrel.
A tweet shared on the @EEAST_EOCS said:
‘Calling @EastEnglandAmb on 999 because you have been bitten by a squirrel is not a life threatening emergency.
‘NHS 111 and local pharmacists can provide information and advice’.
Willst being bitten by a wild beast such as a squirrel will never be a particularly nice experience and will no doubt create an element of shock in the unfortunate victim, I am not quite sure how anyone would then conclude that they need an emergency ambulance?
Some of the comments which were left on @EEAST_EOCS tweet captured the sentiments of many:
It’s really no wonder as to why ambulance trusts around the country are struggling to cope with the amount of calls which they recieve when calls such as this one end up clogging up the system.
Where has everyones common sense disappeared to?
It should not be really that hard to grasp that the emergency services are here for emergencies and not squirrel bites!
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