“You did it, you saved the skunk!”

A heartwarming video of a poor skunk that got a plastic cup stuck on its head, presumably because someone threw it out on the road.

The poor animal is totally confused, and running in circles in the middle of the street.  At one point it miraculously doesn’t get hit by a car, God knows how it survived.

A guy decides he’s going to help, and in spite of the obvious risk of being sprayed, manages to free the skunk.

Skunk via Shutterstock

Skunk via Shutterstock

Really a nice thing to see.

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  • Yoplait yogurt container, most likely. They’re a known hazard for skunks.

  • UncleBucky

    I cut those beer six pack rings every single one of the rings. My family looks at me like I’m nuts, but now I have to think about yoplait and other cups and splaying them open with a knife or a razor blade…

  • UncleBucky

    Yikes. I read it in AmericaBlog so it must be true! ;o)

  • UncleBucky

    BINGO. :)

  • UncleBucky

    LOOK. We need more education of how to care for wildlife. As cambridgemac says here, they tell you when you’re coming too close.

    With a cup on the poor thing’s head, it is probably gasping for air. It would be a full minute before it got its air back.

    JUST TAKE THE CUP OFF no need for the blanket.

    I got so frustrated listening to these two yokels.

  • cambridgemac

    I should add that stamping their feet and charging each other – and pretending to spray – is also how skunks play. Comparable to kittens rough-housing. If you know skunks, you can tell the difference. When happy, by the way, skunks give off a lovely perfume smell. (I’m not kidding.)

  • cambridgemac

    We had a pet skunk (descented) when I was a teenager. They are affectionate, playful animals.
    Before spraying, they stamp their feet in warning while staring straight at you. They are not aggressive at all. As long as you don’t corner them and charge them, wild skunks will not spray you.

  • runfastandwin

    That has got to be one of the greatest animal rescues I have ever seen! WAY TO GO JARRED!

  • Glenn I

    A solution of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda (dissolve in warm water) will kill skunk odor. We discovered the formula after our dog got skunked in her own back yard twice in one month.

  • SL Abrin

    These guys are idiots. Spray will not kill you. Cover your face and help the poor creature.

  • Duke Woolworth

    There was a skunk with its head buried in a Yoplait container running in circles on the lawn across the street one summermorning. We weren’t brave enough to deal with this,and had to get to work. The skunkwasgone when we got home.

  • HelenRainier

    Karen, that’s exactly what I do with them although I rarely have them When I do, they are cut up.

  • cole3244

    i have rescued cats since 1979 have 5 now and have had 18 all together, like you when i rescue a stray cat they are very grateful and i have had very few problems with the ones that have owned me lol!

  • Wal-Mart China had to recall donkey meat for containing fox meat. So be careful if you go out and get a piece of ass this weekend.

  • KarenJ

    I wonder who would have driven the car home? Would he have asserted his rights as the driver, and forced the passengers to walk? Or would he have saved his friends and his car, handed over his keys, and walked home himself?

  • KarenJ

    Speaking of cats getting strangled: One of the stray cats I adopted was an elderly little guy — a beautiful densely furred silver English shorthair type — who’d been put in a halter presumably by his owner, and apparently in an attempt to escape a situation got his front paw and shoulder through the neck opening. He was half-strangled and obviously unable to catch anything to eat. He was so pitiful.

    It didn’t take long to calm him enough to cut the halter off. Talk about grateful cats. He slept and ate and slept and ate for a couple of days, and when I introduced him to my other cats, they all became fast friends. He was the most mild-mannered cat.

  • KarenJ

    I hardly ever buy anything that’s wrapped up in those plastic rings any more, but after seeing pictures of birds on beaches caught by them, I’ve meticulously cut the plastic up so there’s no intact rings.

  • Extemporaneous

    Me too, yank and run. Seemed like blanket guy dragged out the drama.

    So happy to see skunk scamper away once cup was removed. How cup got there in first place? Whole other story.

  • Cletus

    All he needed to do was yank and run, The skunk wouldn’t know what hit him.

  • timncguy

    well, it’s not like being sprayed is a permanent death sentence. You throw the clothes away and take a bath in tomato juice. Problem solved.

  • cole3244

    when i was still working i found a cat on my route that had a plastic ring around its neck it was so scared that it took us a few days until it was so desperate that i could get close enough to remove it.
    i had sleepless nights until we freed that cat of that dam ring thankfully people there kept feeding it so it would stay in the area.
    littering should induce a hefty fine good for the police and city funds and the environment and innocent animals and sea creatures.

  • Henry Owen

    The camera guy was a big help, big help. NOT
    Kudos to the guy who helped the skunk.

  • Agree 1000%. I’m also ticked at whoever littered. Reminds me of those horrible plastic things that used to (still?) hold 6packs of beer or coke together, then they get thrown in the sea and catch birds etc.

  • Oh I’d have been quite worried about getting sprayed. Shouldn’t he have been? Then again, the skunk couldn’t see, so there probably was no problem yanking the cup off. Still, I’d have been awfully cautious.

  • cole3244

    driver rocks, passenger is a giggling idiot, cop wasn’t interested, car that ran over skunk is an ahole, nice ending though.

  • pricknick

    What an incredible dumb ass. But good for him. Just pull the cup off.
    There’s something to be said about growing up rural. More natural common sense.

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