By Federico Cornetto
A team of rescuers entered a huge gravel silo to save a juvenile skunk that had become stuck in it.
Officers Roman Garcia and Gaby Lera from LA Animal Services SMART managed to pull the tiny animal out of the metal structure after receiving a call from an City worker on June 25 in Los Angeles.
The skunk had travelled up a conveyor belt of a LA City processing plant and fell into a 20-metre-high silo full of gravel.
Ramon and Gaby reached the top of the silo and set up two ropes to carefully enter the structure and rescue the young animal.
A spokesperson for LA Animal Services, Armando Navarrete, said: “The workers on the site called us, they were
concerned because the skunk had been in the same spot for two days.
“One major obstacle during the rescue was the loose gravel, as a sudden move from the rescuers would create an avalanche and bury the skunk alive.
“The other obstacle was getting sprayed!
“Thankfully, we were able to rescue the skunk and take it back to the LA Animal Services centre, where it was picked up by a wildlife rehabilitation organisation.
“Skunk rescues are rare, we only get about one a year.”