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Virginia Officer Called to Remove Squirrel Trapped in Chimney

An officer with the Newport News (VA) Police Department responded to an unusual home invasion call on Tuesday as a couple reported to the non-emergency number that a squirrel was trapped in a fireplace.

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California Deputies Free Mountain Lion Trapped in Home

Deputies with the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office were called to the home of an elderly couple on Sunday evening who reported that they had an unwelcome visitor—a mountain lion that had been in pursuit of a neighbor's pet cat.

Illinois Officer Comes to Aid of Skunk With Cup Stuck on its Head

An officer with the Aurora (IL) Police Department managed to help a small skunk with a food container stuck on its head in a brief incident captured on video.

Colorado Officer Rescues Skunk, Avoids Getting Sprayed

A community services officer with the Firestone (CO) Police Department was able to free a baby skunk trapped in a hole in a wooden fence without being sprayed by the little animal in distress, and the agency had some fun with the incident on social media.

CHP Posts Picture of Snake in Driver's Seat of Trooper's Patrol Vehicle

The California Highway Patrol—Fort Tejon-Grapevine Station—posted on social media an image of a gopher snake taking up residence in the driver's seat of a trooper's patrol vehicle.

Massachusetts Officer Rescues Skunk—Gets Sprayed in the Process

An officer with the Cambridge (MA) Police Department was reminded that no good deed goes unpunished as he rescued a small skunk with a small yogurt cup stuck to its head and was promptly sprayed in the process.

Alabama Officer in ICU After Rattlesnake Bite

An officer with the Greenville (AL) Police Department was hospitalized Monday after being bitten by a rattlesnake.

Massachusetts Officer Rescues Fawn Entangled in Branches

An officer with the Stoughton (MA) Police Department rescued a baby deer from being entangled in some brush on Sunday.

FL Woman Pulls Gator From Pants During Traffic Stop

When deputies asked to see any wildlife they had collected, she pulled a foot-long alligator out of her yoga pants and placed it in the truck bed.

Florida Officers Capture Massive Alligator from Local Business

The department posted pictures of the apprehension to its Facebook page, saying that the animal was "carefully removed without harm from the area and relocated to a safe place."