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Law and Order: SVU, Chipmunk

Chris Harnick

Look closely the next time you see Kelli Giddish at her desk on Law & Order: SVU and you just might see something…furry. Yes, sitting on top of Detective Rollins' desk is a little chipmunk that may not be visible to the untrained eye. I spotted it on set during recent interviews. So…

What's the deal with the most famous TV chipmunk since Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers?

"That's some weird Kelli Giddish thing," Mariska Hargitay said with a laugh when asked about the new set decoration.

"She's from Georgia," executive produce Warren Leight quickly added.

"Let's just leave it at that. He's not hurting anybody," Hargitay said.

But it couldn't just be left it at that, because why on earth is there a stuffed chipmunk in a glass jar in a fictional police precinct? Was this chipmunk part of the recent set renovations? Did it come from the set decorator? Was it a gift? You need answers. I need answers. We now all have the answer:

Law & Order: SVU, Mariska Hargitay, Kelli Giddish

Michael Parmelee/NBC

"I thought Rollins needed some more 'Georgia' represented in her life. My father in real life is like Elmer Fudd with chipmunks, because they destroy his garden," Giddish told E! News in an exclusive statement. "So I got a taxidermied chipmunk. It makes me laugh!"

And get this: the chipmunk was named by none other than Ice-T. "I asked Ice to name him, and he said 'DC,'" Giddish recalled. "Stands for Dead Chipmunk."

Doink doink.

Law & Order: SVU airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC.

(E! and NBC are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)