Fire crews, on average, attend to a distressed animal seven times daily. The creatures include sheep, horses, cats, dogs, elk, hedgehogs, ducks and swans.
Calls to help animals and birds have increased particularly in the large cities and towns of southern and south western Finland. A growing number of cases affect smaller animals, such as squirrels, and birds.
Helsinki, however, tops the list with as many alarm calls registered for animals in distress than the rest of Finland as a whole.