Most people go out of their way to avoid skunks, but a police officer in South Bend, Indiana, is finding himself a viral sensation after doing exactly the opposite.
Officer Ron Kaszas of the South Bend Police Department was recently captured on video rescuing a poor skunk who had gotten stuck inside a discarded ice cream cup. “They can get their head in this opening, but once they are in here, they can’t get it off,” he told WNDU.
When Kaszas saw the floundering animal he knew exactly what to do.
Kaszas took a towel that was in his patrol car and put it over the skunk’s tail. Recounting his quick moves, Kaszas told WNDU “I put the towel over the skunk real quick, with gloves on, grabbed the cup, and then hurried up and jerked it off and stepped out of the way, and hoped to God it doesn’t spray.”
Paul Beck happened to be driving by as the skunk encounter was taking place, and managed to capture Kaszas saving the skunk.
The video was soon shared and went viral, giving Kaszas a bit of unexpected attention.
Even U93, a local radio station, got in on the action.
“The Irish Dave & Christine Show” decided to award Kaszas a “skunk saver certificate.” On their Facebook page, they shared a photo of the award, which commends Officer Kaszas’ character with the statement “You were willing to put your social life on the line to save one of Indiana’s sacred creatures.”
Although this is the first time in his 26 years as a South Bend police officer that Kaszas has gone viral, it is not the first time he has saved a skunk. He said “I’ve done it before, I’ll do it again.”
Kaszas is no stranger to wildlife, in fact.
He told WNDU about his pets growing up. “I had a pet skunk when I was in my early teens. We had it for seven to eight years in my family,” he said. Perhaps it is this experience from his youth that gave Kaszas such confidence in dealing with a skunk this time around.
In addition to a pet skunk, Kaszas’ family also raised deer and let them go.
Despite all of the positive attention, Officer Kaszas doesn’t let the opportunity go without requesting something very important from everyone who sees his story.
“Throw these in the trash, please,” Kaszas says, referring to the cup he rescued the skunk from. Maybe we can each do our part, and help prevent more stinky situations like this one from happening in the future.
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