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Mountie springs skunk from McFlurry trap

A North Vancouver RCMP officer put herself in the line of fire early Friday morning behind a confused and disoriented skunk with its head stuck in a McFlurry cup. Cpl.

A North Vancouver RCMP officer put herself in the line of fire early Friday morning behind a confused and disoriented skunk with its head stuck in a McFlurry cup.

Cpl. Sue Tupper saw the skunk darting aimlessly through traffic in the Lower Lynn area at about 3:30 a.m. Friday morning, unable to free itself from the sticky situation.

She jumped out of her car and captured the animal from behind, placing her baton on the top of the container, which allowed the skunk to pull its head free. Amazingly, Tupper wasnt sprayed in the rescue, said RCMP spokesman Cpl. Richard De Jong.

We are out there protecting even our skunks, contrary to what some people probably want us to do with them, he said.

Its not uncommon for the RCMP to be called in cases in which animals are in distress, or in which wild animals wind up in residential neighbourhoods and need directing out of urban areas, said De Jong.

The corporal remembers one call in Vernon in which someone threw wild geese into the foyer of a bank after they were turned down for a loan.

This is not the first time Tupper has dealt with skunks, said De Jong. The officer helped a baby skunk stuck in a similar type of cup about three years ago.

No call is too smelly for the Mounties, said De Jong.

tholloway@nsnews.com

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