Squirrel Infiltrates Philly PD

Probe under way after costumed human ruffles feathers
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2009 12:54 PM CDT
Squirrel Infiltrates Philly PD
A cop dressed as a squirrel is at the center of an internal-affairs investigation in Philadelphia.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Let this be a lesson, kids: Dressing up in a squirrel costume can have unintended consequences. The Philadelphia Police Department’s Internal Affairs division is wrapped up in a truly bizarre squirrel case, the Daily News reports, after an officer who caught sight of a colleague in full rodent gear took offense and complained.

After an inspector was accused (wrongly, it turned out) of having a rodent in her office, a colleague in a giant squirrel costume crashed her birthday party Friday. Evelyn Heath thought it was hilarious, but another officer, with whom she has a tense relationship, didn’t. He thought Heath was somehow mocking him with the squirrel, and ratted on her. Investigators were dispatched to sort through the whole nutty business. (Read more squirrel stories.)

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