This skunk is was jonesing for a beer so bad that he got his head stuck inside the can.
There are many questions we must ask ourselves upon first looking at this picture. Chief among them is just how this skunk managed to stick its head inside the tiny opening used to sip beer from. Sure, skunks have equally small heads, but they’re not so small as to be able to fit inside the opening of an aluminum beer can--or so we thought.
The other question we really need to ask ourselves is how desperate do you need to be in order to look for drops of beer in a discarded can? Clearly, this skunk needs an intervention, and soon.
We get news of this alcoholic skunk by way of the Billerica Animal Control of Billerica, Massachusetts. They posted the picture of this unfortunate skunk to their Twitter feed last Wednesday, along with the obligatory pun regarding “skunked” beer, which describes the smell of beer after it goes past its best before date.
Yes, beer can go bad, and it will smell awful once it does. Do not drink it if you smell skunk after cracking open a cold one.
To get this skunk the help that it so desperately (and obviously) needs, Animal Control officers took it to the Tufts Wildlife Center North Grafton for treatment. We expect this treatment to involve several steps, including lots of positive affirmations and check-ins with accredited counselors.
Just right as soon as they remove the can from his head.
This guy gives a new definition to the saying “skunked beer” Amazing it could fit its head in such a small opening. Huge thku to Tufts Wildlife Center North Grafton for taking him. They informed-he will need to be sedated for the can to be removed and will monitor a few days ❤️ pic.twitter.com/xaWIZN6EbM— Animal Control (@BillericaAC) March 29, 2019
According to the post, the can removal required that the creature be sedated, which we don’t blame ‘em for. A wild skunk in distress is a very dangerous thing, especially indoors. One stray spray and it’ll require the building to be fumigated for weeks.
After being sedated and the can carefully removed, veterinarians will observe the skunk for a few days just to make sure it’s okay and has gotten over the worst of alcohol withdrawal. Then they’ll let ‘em go on his way with a note that reminds him to check in every once in a while and stay off the booze. Hopefully, that’s enough.