Arizona sheriff’s deputies recently freed a wild javelina that accidentally trapped itself inside a vehicle during its attempt to steal a cheesy, crunchy snack.
According to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, the javelina — an animal that resembles a wild boar that can be found in southern Arizona and parts of Texas — hopped into a parked Subaru in Cornville in pursuit of an open bag of Cheetos, but got more than it bargained for.
Police say the furry animal accidentally locked itself inside the station wagon after jumping through the hatchback in its quest for the snack.
“Can you blame him? Who doesn’t love a midnight Cheeto snack?” the sheriff’s office joked in a Facebook post titled “Hungry-Hungry Javelina.”
Fortunately, police arrived and were able to free the animal after it had damaged the vehicle during its futile attempt to escape.
“His attempt to exit the vehicle proved to be more cumbersome than entering,” the sheriff’s office said. “The javelina tore off a portion of the dashboard, the passenger door interior and knocked the vehicle into neutral, which caused it to roll out of the driveway and across the street until stopping under some trees.”
Yavapai County deputies arrived on the scene after neighbors who witnessed the animal causing a ruckus inside the vehicle reported the incident to 9-1-1.
Deputy Dickinson, who was called to the scene to investigate, opened the vehicle’s hatchback to free the animal, who promptly jumped out and ran back into the wilderness, the sheriff’s office reported.
Following an investigation, deputies determined that the animal was able to enter the car because the hatchback was left open overnight.
An empty bag of Cheetos was discovered in the car, leading investigators to conclude the motive for the intrusion.
“I don’t know that we’ve had a call like this before,” Heidi Howard, a public affairs officer for the sheriff’s office wrote in an email. “It’s not typically something folks will call (law enforcement) for.”
Fortunately, no human or animal was injured during the incident.
According to The Arizona Republic, javelinas feed on a diet of fresh produce, including fruits, roots and prickly pear; however, they also tend to feed off of garbage and human leftovers.
Yavapai County S.O. used the incident as an opportunity to remind the public not to feed any wild javelinas.