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PETA awards EMS members who saved squirrel from yogurt cup

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A squirrel had a cup stuck on its head, but Enfield EMS came to the rescue. (Enfield EMS Facebook) A squirrel had a cup stuck on its head, but Enfield EMS came to the rescue. (Enfield EMS Facebook)
ENFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

After members of the Enfield EMS helped a squirrel in distress last week, PETA is recognizing those first responders’ efforts.

Last Friday, a squirrel got a yogurt cup stuck on its head.

Using a pink blanket, EMS officials were able to get the cup off the animal's head and set it free into the wild. 

On Wednesday, PETA said Compassionate Action Awards, along with a batch of vegan cookies, were on their way to Ralph Armstrong and Keith Taylor of Enfield EMS, thanking them for their rescue efforts.

PETA said incidents like this one are easy to prevent, and offered tips for keeping animals from getting stuck in containers:

  • Keep all garbage in tightly sealed, chew-proof containers.
  • Rinse out tin cans, put the tops inside so that they can’t slice animals’ tongues, and crush the open end of the cans as flat as possible.
  • Rinse out plastic and glass containers and replace the lids before putting them in the recycling bin.
  • Cut open empty cardboard and plastic containers so that squirrels and other small animals can’t get their faces or heads trapped in them.
  • Drop pop-tops into empty aluminum cans so that they cannot cut an animal’s mouth or throat.
  • Cut apart all sections of plastic six-pack rings, including the inner diamonds.

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