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Video: Officer helps skunk with fast-food cup stuck on head

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Posted at 8:33 AM, Sep 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-27 05:31:33-04

YORK, ME (RNN) - An officer took a mighty risk to save the life of a skunk.

The York Police Department said motorcycle officer David McKinnon encountered the skunk, walking around with its head stuck in a fast-food cup, during a nighttime patrol recently.

In the video, posted on the York Police Dept. Facebook page, McKinnon carefully approached the skunk and, with a few pulls, pried the cup off the creature's head.

The officer then faced a moment of truth.

Although the skunk raised its tail like it was about to douse the officer with its notoriously stinky spray, it walked off without doing so. 

The officer laughed with relief as the skunk escaped into the woods: "I never thought in a million years. Oh my God!"

If you are sprayed by a skunk, you can get rid of the odor using baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, according to Gizmodo.

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