When you prepare for a presentation, media interview, or crisis news briefing, you should try to anticipate things that could go wrong. But there’s no way to anticipate that a frisky critter might make an unwanted guest appearance. What can we say? Stuff happens, as CNN Washington correspondent Joe Johns recently discovered when a raccoon distracted him at the beginning of a White House live report:

Yes, these funny and embarrassing moments can even happen to people who communicate for a living. Notice how Johns did his best to soldier onward when he realized he was on camera with hundreds of thousands of viewers watching. So, if the unexpected happens to you, keep your cool. And be thankful your problem doesn’t have four legs, a bushy tail and fuzzy face that looks like a mask!