A squirrel trapped in Kingston Library was treated like royalty by staff who fed it grapes and named it after an English king.
Staff named the squirrel Ethelred, after King Ethelred of Kingston who was known as The Unready.
The squirrel was found stuck behind a radiator after entering the library during the night.
Library staff announced that they were unable to open the building to the public because of a “wildlife issue” on Saturday morning.
Kingston Library is currently unable to open due to wildlife in the library. We are aiming to open by midday. Please check back for any updates. All other libraries are open as usual.
— Kingston Libraries (@kinglibheritage) November 2, 2019
Whilst waiting for the squirrel to break free, staff kept concerned locals up-to-date on its wellbeing via social media.
They said: “He’s spent the night curled up with a good book, and now he’s warming his paws up on our radiator.”
The squirrel was rescued by the RSPCA and released back into the wild almost five hours after it was first discovered.
By 3pm, the library was back open for business.