CAMBRIDGE – Sometimes, you can do everything in your power to help someone else, and you just don't get the gratitude you deserve. That doesn't mean it was the wrong thing to do, but it does mean that sometimes, your help may not be interpreted as such to the object of your assistance.
That is the difficult lesson learned by a police officer in Cambridge, Massachusetts this week when his efforts to remove an empty yogurt cup that was stuck on the head of a skunk resulted in, well, you know what a skunk is capable above. Just check out the video below, courtesy of the Cambridge Police.
Early on Monday morning, the Cambridge police were called to the city's Danehy Dog Park to aid an animal that was said to be in distress. Obviously, in the video, you can see the man, Officer McGinty, make multiple attempts at grabbing the yogurt cup off of the skunk's head. When he eventually does manage to grab it off, the skunk immediately goes into defense mode and sprays. The video isn't totally clear about who actually got sprayed, but the official Facebook page for the Cambridge police department confirmed that McGinty did not escape the moment smelling like roses.
They wrote: “With the skunk clearly in distress, Officer McGinty heroically stepped up and attempted to successfully pull off the cup without any consequences. While we are happy to report that the skunk was freed and uninjured, Officer McGinty’s good deed led to a stinky punishment (and multiple showers). Special shout out to our fleet maintenance crew too, as they had to tackle the deskunking of Officer McGinty’s vehicle.”
Yikes. How do you get skunk stink out of leather seats? I know the tomato juice trick for your skin and hair, but tomato juice doesn't seem like the solution for a car interior.
Between these efforts to help a confused skunk and the earlier August efforts to free a raccoon that was stuck in a Newton sewer drain, Massachusetts rescue services will truly go to great lengths to help the state's wild animals. We salute you, unthanked heroes.