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Massachusetts officer goes viral after flying squirrel jumps on him while directing traffic

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Images credit: Plymouth PD via Facebook.


A police officer in Massachusetts had a wild encounter with a flying squirrel while directing traffic, in a town where animal encounters appear to be a daily affair.

Plymouth Police Officer Andrew Whelan was directing traffic when he was suddenly approached from above by a flying squirrel, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page.

“While directing traffic, Officer Andrew Whelan flinched a little when this flying squirrel came at him, but then he just realized the little guy wanted to play,” the post began. “Andrew named him Snookems. Rumor has it, When Officer Whelan goes on Patrol, Snookems might be in his pocket.”

One day prior, another PPD officer had an encounter with a tiny goat, whom the department dubbed “Tom Brady.”

“Good Morning, Officer Bennett got to meet Tom Brady who was shorter up close than anyone could have imagined,” the post read.

A historical city, Plymouth is the site of the first Pilgrim settlement, founded in 1620 and has a population of 61,217 as of the 2020 US Census.

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