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‘Training video’ of cops attempting to contain interloper squirrel at police station goes viral

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A squirrel that’s been hanging around outside the police station in the city of McHenry managed to scamper beyond the front doors recently, but thanks to two quick-thinking police officers — whose frantic yet amusing efforts were captured on a video that’s gone viral — the animal never managed to get past the vestibule.

The video, posted Tuesday by Patrick Polidori, the McHenry police public affairs officer, has garnered nearly 400,000 views, 700 comments and 4,400 shares as of Friday.

The video was shot by dispatcher Holly Neville. It shows Officers Paul Prather and Ryan Pardue fighting to hold the inside set of automatic doors closed while keeping the outside set open as the squirrel frantically jumps up and down the doors and scampers around the vestibule. Raucous laughter and some screeching are heard in the background.

“It’s a positive police-animal event that we could always use now and then,” Polidori said.

A message with the video says, “Mr. Squirrel made it out just fine and was not injured. Our officers on the other hand, they are seeking counseling.”

It also notes that the incident was “a test of our officers’ ability to handle disorderly subjects who come in to the police department.”

As of Friday afternoon, the “resident squirrel” was still scampering outside the department’s doors, Polidori said.

Amanda Marrazzo is a freelance reporter.

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