Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Paramedic wore full Ebola protective gear to rescue skunk with cup stuck on its head

A paramedic in Southern Ontario, Canada, suited up in full Ebola protective gear on Sunday morning, not for an outbreak situation, but for a rescue mission to save a skunk with a cup stuck on its head.

Justin Mausz was pulling into the station on Goreway Drive in Mississauga at around 7:30am on Sunday, when he spotted the animal in the back parking lot with a cup on its head and the dome lid caught around its neck.

The skunk was walking around in circles and bumping into the wall. "He actually felt bad for him because he was just bumping into the wall," Supt. Jeff Walsh, of Peel Regional Paramedic Services, said. So, he leapt into action to rescue the animal.

But to keep the skunk spray, and smell, off his uniform, he donned protective gear used in situations involving infectious diseases, such as Ebola. Treading carefully, Mausz managed to get the cup off of the skunk successfully. He also managed to save the animal without getting sprayed in the process.

There are two short videos here and here.

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