Two Minneapolis police officers have turned into varmint whisperers.
Lt. Jim Novak and Sgt. Adrian Infante work the beat along the always-humming Olson Memorial Highway. On the 1300 block near the divided roadway west of downtown, the blueshirts encountered something they probably don't come across often.
A tri-colored guinea pig scurried across the wood chips carpeting a kids' play area before four-stepping to shelter beneath playground equipment. That's where the critter stayed. Not by free will. It was stuck.
Children from the adjacent apartment complex teamed up with the officers. Together, they delicately extracted the small mammal to freedom. There was much rejoicing.
Not content with simply playing rescuers, the Good Samaritan Dream Team fanned out in search of the owner.
Again, they rejoiced, reuniting the pet with its human caretaker, who said a week had passed since the guinea pig had precipitously fled from its fabulous vegan life, where the greens are always hand-delivered with love and the cage is outfitted with all the comforts of home.
When asked by a reporter to explain its flight, the animal declined comment.