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:
We're so sorry to hear about the loss of Constable Elliot. He'll be very fondly remembered 💙— CorrectionsNZ (@CorrectionsNZ) August 21, 2017
RIP, Constable Elliot. May you "wheek! Week!" happily over the Rainbow Bridge.— Lynnaire MacDonald (@Angel_of_FilmPR) August 21, 2017
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!