Police officers rescue groundhog with head stuck in tin can

Image courtesy Lehigh University Police Department via Facebook

BETHLEHEM, PA (AP) – One lucky groundhog might live to see another Groundhog Day thanks to authorities in eastern Pennsylvania.

The creature roaming Lehigh University wasn’t able to see its own shadow – or much of anything – because its head was stuck in a tin can.

Campus police were alerted by concerned onlookers. Officer Kevin O’Hay and Sgt. Eric Smith offered to help. A body camera recorded the encounter Monday.

One officer tries unsuccessfully to take the can off the groundhog’s head. Eventually, the other officer uses a long-armed grabber to hold the can while his partner gently pulls out the animal.

The groundhog scampers off across the grass.

Chief Ed Shupp said Wednesday “the only disappointment was the furry little devil took off without saying thank you.”

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