If you saw a cute, furry creature in trouble, you would obviously try to help it out, right? But what if that animal was a skunk?
Would you risk being sprayed to help an odiferous animal in need?
An Illinois police officer answered the call of duty when he spotted a baby animal in an unfortunate situation — a young skunk had somehow managed to get a discarded cup lodged on its head.
Most people would not go out of their way to engage in an encounter with a skunk. Other than, say, a bear, skunks tend to be one of the last woodland creatures you want to run into. Not because they’re dangerous, necessarily, but because the spray they shoot out of their hindquarters is extremely foul, and extremely hard to shake.
It’s difficult to put into words just how awful being sprayed by a skunk is, but suffice it to say, it would ruin your week.
So Derrick Hight was exhibiting bravery of the highest order when he answered the call to help this little guy out. The officer banged his baton on the ground to get the blinded animal’s attention. When the skunk looked up, Derrick quickly moved in and grabbed the cup. Luckily for everyone in that parking garage, the skunk didn’t spray in fright. But Derrick wasn’t taking any chances — the officer ran away as soon as the cup was removed, probably grateful that this good deed went unpunished.
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