When firefighters rescue kittens or puppies, it’s adorable.
When firefighters rescue a mystery rodent, it’s a little more ... interesting.
Here’s the backstory: Tuesday afternoon, there was a quarter-acre fire just outside of a building in the 6800 block of South Ivy Way near South Holly Street and East Arapahoe Road.
The fire started when leaves in a gutter were ignited by smoking embers, according to South Metro Fire.
Update - 6853 S. Ivy Way, Incident is under control and a close call, leaves in the gutters of the building were smoking from flying embers. 0.23 acres of vegetation burned, no structural damage or injuries. Investigation continues. pic.twitter.com/fe7xSTizrn— SouthMetroFireRescue (@SouthMetroPIO) November 27, 2017
Luckily, no one was hurt and there was no structural damage, and firefighters were able to rescue an animal. This is where things get interesting.
Exhausted and covered in soot, this little South Metro resident escaped the fire without injuries but needed a helping hand. After some water and careful placement back in the open space his day vastly improved. pic.twitter.com/vZUOB8ew8L— SouthMetroFireRescue (@SouthMetroPIO) November 27, 2017
South Metro Fire tweeted a photo of this very tiny animal, writing that it was “exhausted and covered in soot” in wake of the fire. Firefighters gave it some water and returned it back to the open space.
That’s awesome, but people had a question: What exactly was this mystery critter?
South Metro Fire didn’t have an answer, writing “it’s a rodent, but we’re not exactly sure what type.”
It’s a rodent, but we’re not sure exactly what type.— SouthMetroFireRescue (@SouthMetroPIO) November 27, 2017
One person on Twitter chimed in that it might be a vole or a mole.
No one in the 9NEWS newsroom was quite sure what the mystery rodent is, but speculation made our morning editorial meeting last five to 10 minutes longer than usual.
Nevertheless, good job firefighters!
And if you know what the mystery rodent is, drop us a line in the comments.