A good Samaritan in Canada risked a skunk’s stinky spray this week to free the critter’s head from a Coke can.
Mike MacMillan spotted the black and white creature running frantically up and down a road near his Orillia, Ontario, home on Monday. In video posted online, he can be seen slowly approaching the skunk and speaking gently in a bid to calm down the seemingly terrified animal.
“Skunk, please don’t spray me,” MacMillan said. “I’m not gonna hurt you, I’ll take that off your head.”
The wary skunk, however, kept running away. MacMillan persisted and eventually managed to grab the can. After a lot of wiggling, he succeeded in removing it from the animal.
Luckily, the skunk didn’t spray him during or after its rescue. Instead, it ran off across the road and into a nearby wooded area.
MacMillan posted the clip to his “SkeptiSketch” YouTube channel soon after, and by early Tuesday, it had garnered more than 1.2 million views.
Some commenters questioned whether the can was litter or from recycling, to which MacMillan replied he thought it was a fat drippings can from a barbecue.
Check out the rescue in the clip above.
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