Firefighters often encounter unexpected situations and have to use creative means in order to address the problems.
Rescue crew with the Cimarron Hills Fire Department in Colorado recently came across one such scenario when a local resident called about a skunk with its head trapped in the drain hole of a dumpster.
What's remarkable in this case was how the firefighters attempted to calm the animal.
The department's Facebook post notes, "A firefighter kept the critter calm by talking/reading to him while other firefighters worked to ultimately cut him free. The rescue lasted approximately 45 minutes before the skunk, dubbed 'Oliver' waddled off."
The kind actions of the firefighters were applauded on social media with one Facebook user noting, "Thank you guys soooo much! We truly appreciate you coming out and saving him when we couldn't and no one else would. I know it wasn't easy and you guys got sprayed but to see you work so hard to free the little guy was amazing. Again thank you! You rock!!"
Check out these adorable baby skunks:
Skunks are cute too
Skunks are cute too
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Baby Striped Skunk, Mephitis mephitis, living around a dead log and wildflowers. (Photo by Bruce Lichtenberger via Getty Images)
Skunk at Everland,Korea. (Photo via Getty Images)
Spotted Skunk, Spilogale putorius. Sonoran Desert, Arizona (Photo by S.J. Krasemann via Getty Images)
Hannah Haywood, 23 with her pet skunk Einstein, 3 at her home on March 25, 2011 in Farnworth, England. Little stinker Einstein the skunk goes everywhere owner Hannah Hayward does - juts like a faithful pooch. Seen here on trips to her local PUB, he even totters alongside while she's shopping on the high street and on country walks. And a stop-off at the ice cream van means the north American Striped Skunk can guzzle on his favourite food. Animal sanctuary handler Hannah, 23, from Farnworth, Lancs., said: 'He's gone everywhere with me since he was a baby. 'He comes in the car, to work, to the park - anywhere. Almost everyone that meets him ask if he smells but he was de-scented as a baby so he can't spray. He's so relaxed he wouldn't do it anyway.' (Photo by Laurentiu Garofeanu/ Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
Wild Striped Skunk, Mephitis mephitis, baby a few weeks old, Quetico Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, tail lifted in defense. (Photo by Stephen J. Krasemann via Getty Images)