Just yesterday while driving home on my usual route I spotted a skunk! That's right... a striped skunk wandering about right by the elementary school in the middle of the day. Luckily I was at a four way stop and able to snap a picture. This all took place within one block of my house. I don't think I've ever seen a live skunk before and obviously all common sense went out the window when I decided to roll it down and get a picture. What if it had sprayed me?
I sat in my car in the driveway for a good five minutes working up the courage to get out of the car and go into the house but not before I quickly googled how fast skunks can run (10 miles per hour). I made it in and out of the house ok and I'm here to tell about it! Thanks to Wikipedia, I'm now an expert on skunks.
Here are some interesting facts:
1. They are omniverous - eating both plants and animals (rodents, birds and human gargbage). It was garbage day too! What are the odds?
2. They range from 1 pound to 18 pounds! Can you even imagine coming across an 18 pound skunk?
3. They can spray as far as 10 feet with a great deal of accuracy.
4. It's predator is the Great Horned Owl, which interestingly enough doesn't have a sense of smell.
5. Skunks are native to America though they can be found in Canada and the UK.
Even though skunks can be domesticated as pets, I sure hope an elementary-aged school child doesn't find it and try to take it home with those famous words of "Can we keep it?"