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Officer Runs For Cover After Rescuing Baby Skunk Stuck In Yogurt Container

Dash cam records officer becoming a potential spray target after aiding a baby skunk.

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A police officer in Michigan put himself in the line of fire Sunday after pulling a yogurt container off the head of a baby skunk.

At around 8:20 a.m., Rochester Police Officer Merlin Taylor responded to a call regarding an animal in distress, only to find a baby skunk with its head stuck in the plastic container.

In footage recorded by Taylor's dash cam, the baby skunk can be seen running in circles on the street with the yogurt container stuck on its head. Taylor pulls up to the distressed skunk, puts on some gloves, and cautiously approaches.

He then waits for the right moment to pull the cup off the skunk's head.


But there are no hugs after the rescue. Instead, the skunk rears up and takes aim at Taylor as he flees for safety.

Luckily, Taylor escaped the potentially potent skunk spray.

Rochester Police Sgt. Mark Lyon told the Detroit News that Taylor was a good sport about it all.

"I don't know what we could award him for besides quick moves. He's a good sport," Lyon said. "We all had a good laugh."

Apparently, this isn't Taylor's first rodeo. He was photographed rescuing ducklings from a sewer drain several years ago.

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Jason Wells is deputy news director for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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