A Transportation Safety Administration canine handler in Virginia gained a brand new accomplice after saving a groundhog from an airport runway.
TSA Explosives Detection Canine Handler Shelby Tibbs was coaching his accomplice, a German shorthaired pointer named Dux, round an airport runway at Washington Dulles Worldwide Airport when he observed a groundhog operating round.
He felt involved concerning the animal after seeing it run for canopy, apparently affected by the climate, in accordance with an announcement from the TSA.
“It was actually sizzling that day, and the tarmac felt like greater than 100 levels,” Tibbs stated. “I ran him down, wrapped the leash round him a number of instances and picked him up.”
Tibbs, who has a background in animal management and is vaccinated in opposition to rabies, stated he was cautious dealing with the groundhog, so he would not hurt it, and he wrapped a leash round its snout, so it could not chew him.
Whereas Dux stayed in an air-conditioned automotive, Tibbs labored with Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority personnel to get the groundhog to a creek outdoors the airport the place it was safely launched.
Tibbs stated he was glad to assist out the small critter, and fellow airport personnel have began calling him the “Groundhog Whisperer.”
“I believe he needed to catch a flight to someplace chilly as a result of it was very popular that day. I assume he couldn’t purchase a ticket,” Tibbs joked. “However he was an excellent passenger whereas we drove to the close by creek.”
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