Like people, animals often find themselves in need of protection and aid, whether it's crossing the road or just being too frightened to be left alone.
The animal kingdom is filled with creatures left helpless in certain situations and some of the men and women in blue have been there to lend a helping human hand.
InsideEdition.com takes a look at some heartwarming stories of officers who have gone the extra mile for a fellow creature of the Earth.
Mother Goose Asks Cop To Help Untangle Baby From Balloon String
In May, a mother goose in Ohio personally sought out the help of the Cincinnati Police Department when one of her goslings was tangled in a balloon string.
Cincinnati Police Sergeant James Givens told InsideEdition.com: “I was sitting in a patrol car in a parking lot, I heard something pecking on the side of the door and I looked down and I thought the goose was hungry. I was eating a bagel and I tossed it a piece but it didn’t have any. It walked in front of me so I followed it and it took me to its baby that was tangled in rope.”
Givens, who has served on the force for more than 25 years, is nearing retirement. Charron has been on the force for 24 years and said that was the most memorable moment of her career.
“It’s weird because it kept the distance and it kept the baby calm. I’ve never seen anything like this before,” Givens said. “I said it must be a motherly instinct, the mother didn’t attack her or nothing, seeing the thing run off that was the best part.”
Florida Gator Holds Up Monday Morning Rush Hour Traffic
An alligator was seen holding up traffic in Bernal and photographed by Mark Olson, a volunteer member of the Flagler County Sheriff's Office earlier this month.
The police believe the gator was going to a nearby water source and back to its natural habitat following a series of storms that struck the area over the weekend.
When the corporal and Deputy Jonathon Duenas arrived on the scene, they called Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission who could not arrive for nearly an hour. So police blocked the eight-lane road in order to allow the animal to cross, which took about 30 seconds for it to get over.
Olson snapped the photo to show his grandkids who will be visiting him in Florida soon from California. Yet, with how popular the photograph is getting on social media, they have probably already seen it.
Police Comfort Frightened Sloth After It Clings to Guardrail
In January, a scared sloth was found clinging to a guardrail along an Ecuador roadway and needed to be comforted before it could remove itself.
The lazy critter had somehow made it to the middle of the road in the city of Quevedo, but then lost his way or became too frightened to continue.
When rescuers arrived, the sloth looked nothing but thankful.
Authorities were able to help the sloth off the poll and took it to a veterinarian to get checked out where it received a clean bill of health.
Gaggle of Geese Get Police Escort After Creating Freeway Traffic Jam
On an early Sunday morning in May, a gaggle of geese created confusion across California’s Interstate 80 and caused a traffic jam that required a police escort so no one and no bird got hurt.
Highway Patrol troopers found the geese waddling in the westbound fast lane after they'd crossed the eastbound lanes and hopped over a three-foot high center divider and tried to get to a nearby pond.
"This isn't our first rodeo with felonious fowl," Officer Sean Wilkenfeld of the California Highway Patrol in Oakland told InsideEdition.com.
Traffic came to a standstill after officers briefly closed the freeway and were able to corral them onto the shoulder and "we pushed them to the off-ramp," Wilkenfeld said. “It was obviously a spectacle. Everyone was stopping to look.”
Since it's happened before, Wilkenfeld said, officers know that by turning on their loudspeakers and clicking their microphones, the geese will hightail it out of there.
Cop Refused to Leave Stray Puppy’s Side Following 12-Hour Shift
A Florida policeman found an adorable puppy left on its own during his patrol of a Lakeland neighborhood last month and refused to let the canine be alone.
Officer Kareem Garibaldi tried in vain for three days to find the pit-bull-boxer mix’s owner, even though he worked 12-hour shifts and often went home exhausted.
On the third day, the dedicated peace officer took the pup to the Florida SPCA to have it checked out. As they sat in the waiting room, both dozed off. Garibaldi waited three hours while the dog was examined. She had a few mites, but was otherwise healthy.
The dedicated cop took the pooch back to the station, where a dispatcher saw the dog and was love struck.
It finally found a new home with a new name: Hope.
Connecticut Cops Fawn Over Orphaned Deer Left at Precinct
Hartford, Connecticut, police rescued a fawn last month after its mother was struck by a car, and the deer was embraced by the long arm of the law.
A citizen discovered the fawn lying next to its mother on the highway, and took the baby deer to the front door of the police department.
They later contacted Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the fawn was taken to a rescue farm.