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It was a tense situation for RCMP officers in Manitoba.

Cst. Kyle Van De Sype was fresh off a shift yesterday in Winnipegosis when he noticed a skunk with its head stuck in a Tim Hortons cup by the side of the road. This presented a tough decision: Free the animal and risk smelling like rotten meat for a week, or leave the skunk alone, ensuring that it would starve.

Naturally, De Sype called in for backup.

Cst. Catlin Lang later arrived and the two formulated a plan of attack. Their idea was for one of the officers to drape a tarp over the skunk while the other moved in to pry the cup off of its head. Simple enough, until the skunk started resisting its arrest.

“I’m f–king freaking out!” one of the officers says as the animal blindly wrestles for freedom. Things only get worse when they actually attempt to remove the cup.

“Oh f–k! Oh no, I tried!” says the other, as he stumbles backward anticipating a retaliatory spray.

While the suspect proved uncooperative, the officers managed to lift the cup right off on the second attempt, and the skunk scurried into the night. Fortunately, no one was sprayed.

So just to recap there: In a stereotypical Canadian act of kindness, two Mounties saved a skunk with its head stuck in a Tim Hortons cup, arguably making this one of the most Canadian animal rescues of all time.

You can check it out for yourself in the video above.

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