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Squirrel With Yogurt Cup Stuck On Its Head Finds EMS Heroes

The animal looks to be just the latest victim of Yoplait’s container.

It was briefly lights out for a tiny squirrel after its head became caught in a yogurt container last week.

The little critter was bouncing around Friday like a jumping bean while fruitlessly trying to free itself. Fortunately, a team of emergency responders in Enfield, Connecticut, came to its rescue.

Enfield EMS confirmed to The Huffington Post that the object was a yogurt container. Although they no longer had the cup, they said it appeared to be one sold by Yoplait.

The same observation was made by some animal lovers who viewed the video and expressed concern on social media and in at least one news outlet’s comment section.

The squirrel was bouncing around trying to loosen a plastic yogurt cup stuck on its head.
The squirrel was bouncing around trying to loosen a plastic yogurt cup stuck on its head.

Yoplait’s yogurt containers have a notably small opening and a history of getting stuck on animals’ heads.

Earlier this month, a skunk found itself in a similar pickle with its head caught in a yogurt container. Michigan state troopers were able to rescue it, MLive.com reported.

Just days before that, first responders in Ontario, Canada, were recorded suiting up in protective gear to free another skunk whose head was stuck in a plastic cup. 

Skunks often fall victim to Yoplait containers, according to Laura Simon, a Connecticut-based wildlife ecologist and skunk specialist with the U.S. Humane Society.

“This is really a terrible source of peril,” she told The Huffington Post last year, in the wake of yet another video of a skunk with its head caught in a Yoplait cup.

quick search on YouTube found more than a dozen similar videos.

Simon explained that the danger lies in the container’s shape: a narrow opening combined with an inner rim that makes it easier for animals to get caught.

Animal advocates have petitioned Yoplait to redesign its yogurt container so that it's safer for animals.
Animal advocates have petitioned Yoplait to redesign its yogurt container so that it's safer for animals.

There’s at least one online petition calling on Yoplait to redesign its containers, as well as a Facebook page where fans vow to boycott the General Mills-owned brand until they see change.

A Yoplait spokesman said Monday that the company has no plans to change its design.

“Because wildlife will try to eat from containers of all shapes and sizes for a variety of products, changing the cup design will not solve the overall issue,” Mike Siemienas, manager of General Mills’ brand media relations, said in a statement. “We urge consumers to crush containers before disposal and to dispose of all containers properly where animals cannot gain access. We print the message ‘protect wildlife, crush before disposal’ on our cup for that reason.” 

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