Just a few weeks after Omaha police officers befriended a squirrel who used to hang around their station's parking lot, the little critter died of unknown causes. Strap in, because you are about to experience a cavalcade of different emotions.
The squirrel first became a local legend when a news reporter caught an officer feeding the animal from the palm of his hand.
Other officers also found themselves drawn to the animal.
5 o'clock feeding for OPD traffic mascot pic.twitter.com/WXWXpO3j3B— Sgt.Jason Menning (@OPDSgtMenning) March 16, 2016
Someone even made him a Twitter account.
Somebody put out a Help a Squirrel broadcast... I'm hungry— OPDSquirrel (@OpdSquirrel) March 14, 2016
No. That... that little chalk outline. "We are not investigating." Noooooooooo.
The Twitter account @OPDSquirrel sent out the following message:
From Mrs @OpdSquirrel - this is a sad day - thanks for all the kind words. He will be sorely missed by our 35 children and I. (1/2)— OPDSquirrel (@OpdSquirrel) April 19, 2016
Donations in my name to @FRFOmaha would be greatly appreciated. ❤️— OPDSquirrel (@OpdSquirrel) April 20, 2016
Godspeed, OPD Squirrel. Godspeed.