updated 3/13/2007 10:44:15 AM ET 2007-03-13T14:44:15

A 91-year-old German man was rescued Tuesday from a sticky situation.

The retiree from the eastern city of Magdeburg had been taking advantage of good spring weather to re-tar the roof of his garden house when he slipped and became glued to the structure himself.

Rescuers were able to free the man, whose name was not released, by prying him loose — bit by bit — from the gooey mess.

Authorities said the man wasn’t hurt, but his clothes were a write-off.

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