Officer rescues skunk with head stuck in jar

March 21, 2010 7:59:10 AM PDT
It was a sticky -- and potentially stinky -- rescue for a Colorado wildlife officer who pried a peanut butter jar off a skunk's head Saturday in Grand Junction. The officer got a call that the animal was disoriented in someone's front yard, its head stuck in a jar of peanut butter.

State Wildlife spokesman Randy Hampton says the officer freed the skunk by tying a noose pole to the jar and pulling. The device is also called a choke stick and is a common tool used by animal control officers.

The skunk was freed without injury after about 10 minutes of pulling and then ran away -- without spraying anyone.

Hampton says it likely got trapped while rooting through someone's trash.