Video: Helpless shrew desperately tries to climb wall before repeatedly falling back into river

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This is the moment a helpless shrew desperately tries to escape flood water by climbing up a bridge wall as nearby residents jump in to help.

The tiny mole-like mammal frantically scaled the wall a number of times in a bid to flee the flood water which had swamped a stream in just under two hours. After clambering up several times and failing the shrew decided to hide and wait on an island made up of sticks and debris. Photographer of 30 years Paul Howard captured the attempt at a great escape on camera in Towcester, Northants.

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