Firefighter frees trapped tortoise with Vaseline

A Norfolk firefighter has freed a trapped tortoise with nothing more than a smear of Vaseline.

Tommy the tortoise got his leg stuck in the base of a heavy sundial in a garden in East Harling.

When the owner couldn't rescue him, a fire officer from Norfolk Fire Service was called in from Thetford.

Derek Sim told the Eastern Daily Press that Tommy was "quite distressed" and was hissing violently. The lubricant was rubbed on his leg and Tommy slipped out.

"There are a couple of us in the station with more than 20 years experience and neither of us have ever seen anything like that. It was certainly a first for me.”

– Derek Sim, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service