There's something undeniably adorable about little critters in uniforms. Get me any furry or fuzzy mammal and put them in a firefighter or doctor's or police officer's uniform and I'm going gaga over how adorable they are. And yes, babies are equally cute in those little outfits, but not really. It's probably why Zootopia was such a box office smash, they probably could've saved a ton of money on the advertising budget and just wrote as the leadline for the film: "Animals are wearing cop uniforms. Give us your money." and it still would've raked it in.
The New Zealand police department have employed a guinea pig recruit named Constable Elliot for about four years, Mashable reports. He recently passed away, but the department wanted to give him a formal send off, because as you can see, he really was a part of the team:
In an announcement on Facebook, they wrote that Elliot died following a brief illness, and remembered his work for the force:
He will also be missed by his police family, who he enjoyed working for over the last year, spreading prevention messaging about crossing roads, safer driving and avoiding burglaries. He was a chilled-out, relaxed little fella who would curl up in a ball on your lap like a cat, but was brave enough to face up to bigger animals thinking he was a dog.
Four feet in heaven - we will miss you little guy.
And they shared a photo of his elaborate police funeral:
The messages of condolence came rolling in:
But also, we have a question about that picture:
Constable Elliot was so loved he got an open casket funeral. He was buried in his little uniform. May you go to your eternal rest in peace, sir, chewing carrots in the sky. The world is safer for having had you in it!