Rochester — Sometimes being a police officer stinks. But not today.
Around 8:20 a.m. Sunday, Officer Merlin Taylor with the Rochester Police Department received a call to run to the 400 block of West Third Street to help out an animal in distress.
Taylor arrived at the scene to discover a baby skunk with its head stuck in a yogurt container.
“Luckily it was a young enough skunk that it couldn’t spray,” said Sgt. Mark Lyon with the Rochester Police Department.
On the video, which was recorded on police dash cam and uploaded to social media by the department, the skunk can be seen running in circles while trying to rid itself of its accidental hat. Taylor, who has been with the department for 10 years, took a couple tries to grab the container.
Once he finally gets it off, the skunk rears up as if to spray, and Taylor runs to dodge it. Turns out, the baby skunk likely was too young to spray. But it tried, Lyon said.
Luckily, Taylor escaped unscathed and the skunk was able to go about the rest of its day.
The incident has drawn quite a bit of attention for the department already.
“It’s amazing,” said Lyon. “We look back at some of the other posts we’ve put on Facebook and social media and it’s funny how certain things draw people’s attention.”
There will be no special commendations for Taylor’s actions, but the department as a whole is glad he was able to help the skunk out.
“I don’t know what we could award him for besides quick moves. He’s a good sport. We all had a good laugh,” said Lyon. “It’s nice he was able to get there to help.”
It’s not Taylor’s first animal save. Several years ago he was called to the same street to save several ducklings that had fallen through a sewer grate.