Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt gave drivers an important reminder that they won't soon forget. Yesterday, Sgt. Schmidt was about to give his washer fluid a top-up when he discovered that a furry creature had taken shelter under the hood of his OPP cruiser.
"Look what we found today," Sgt. Schmidt wrote on Twitter yesterday, "Before you head out in the morning check your oil, washer fluid and ensure no other surprises are hiding under your hood."
Schmidt revealed later that the adorable discovery was made at the OPP office in Whitby, Ontario. Schmidt posted the photo at 4:20 PM on Monday the 11th. It has since been shared by regional police forces all over the province, and by officers and civilians alike.
Ontarians have started commented on Sgt. Schmidt's photo. Some reveal that the sighting was not uncommon, especially in parts of the province that see particularly brutal cold in the winter. "Being raised in northern ontario where it wasnt un common to see minus 50 windchills cats would curl up in the egine at night," one person writes. "I was always taught to hit the hood of my car or honk your horn before starting it."
Look what we found today🐰.— Sgt Kerry Schmidt (@OPP_HSD) February 11, 2019
Before you head out in the morning check your oil, washer fluid and ensure no other surprises are hiding under your hood. 🐰🐰 pic.twitter.com/OgJu99MEv2
There is one of them hopping around my place as well. I don't know how they manage, brks my heart— Sharon Larose🇨🇦 (@blackies1) February 12, 2019
Lucky bunny. Animals often climb into warm places like car engines in the cold. Cats are a good example.— Kelly Patricia Matijcio Killick (@Matijcio_kp) February 12, 2019
Cats and rabbits common under the hood in Muskoka. Porcupines too. #OCR— Ontario Cottage Rentals (@OntCottRent) February 12, 2019
Multiple people have commented under the photo saying that these types of incidents are what led to them ultimately adopting the animal:
Unfortunately it happens quite often, ours is a lop eared that was released and we rescued her. pic.twitter.com/3URyHZmQl6— Bill Cargill (@wcarg26) February 12, 2019
That is how we acquired one of our cats way back in ‘71— The Canadian Hero (@HerosofCanada) February 12, 2019
Here's to hoping that the OPP adopts the furry little guy and recruits it to the police service!