We at The Great Animal Rescue Chase hear from all kinds of everyday animal lovers who intervene on behalf of companion animals and wildlife facing danger. †We were so taken by today’s simple story about one woman’s quick thinking and courage that saved the life a skunk. † For too long this species of animal has been feared and often hated. ¬†Bravo to Patricia for understanding that black and white can be a good thing!
By Patricia Akers of Colorado
In 1998 when I lived in San Diego and worked very early in the morning, I was just driving away from my apartment, still pitch-black early, †and I noticed something in the middle of the road before my headlights, but couldn’t quite make it out. † As I drove closer, I noticed a skunk attempting over and over to get a yogurt cup off of his mouth/nose by scratching his face. † After watching him for about 5 minutes, I pulled my car to the curb, got out and immediately reached for the cup with a quick yank which I thought would get it off, but I had to yank harder the next time to get the cup released. † Now the cup is off in my hand, and we’re both standing there staring at each other for what I thought was a long time! †I’m thinking “please don’t spray me,” but didn’t move an inch. †He was just telling me “thank you” and he sauntered off into the darkness.
From that day on, I always cut up my yogurt cups with scissors so this atrocity won’t happen to another animal, and there may not be a human there to help him. †Also cut up anything with scissors that looks like it may endanger animals in the wild where so much of our garbage ends up all the time. †Cut up those 6-pack plastic holders too.
Do You Rescue Too?
In the space of time it takes a raindrop to roll down your cheek, a life-changing decision is made. You either turn sorrowfully away from an animal in distress or summon the courage to run forward and help. For all you runners out there, †come on over and visit The Great Animal Rescue Chase and join us in a planet-wide race to save 1 million suffering animals who are about to learn the spectacular meaning of second chances.
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