Police officers helped this 40-year-old elephant find her way home

Police officers have likely seen just about everything when responding to the call of duty. But, every once in a while, something out of the ordinary can even make these brave men and women stand back, scratch their heads and smile.

A group of New York state troopers got quite the unusual call on Nov. 11 for an escort home. The police escort wasn’t for a drunk driver or a lost person, though. It turned out that a 40-year-old elephant wandered away from her home. And, as you can imagine, workers needed some assistance to get the giant animal back to safety.

“Never a dull moment in Troop F,” posted the New York State Police on its official Facebook page, along with a picture of the adventurous pachyderm.

Can’t you see what looks like a sly smile in that close up shot?

It turns out this majestic animal was being cared for at a nearby animal sanctuary. Police said the elephant was from Vietnam, where she was burned decades ago by napalm during the war there.

But, fortunately, troopers in Westtown, New York (located about 70 miles northwest of New York City) responded quickly and helped the sanctuary workers lead their beloved animal safely back home.

We’re betting this was a refreshing change of pace for the state troopers who were part of the operation!