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Luba August 3rd, 2005 09:47 PM

My Pal Stinky
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Well our nightly visitor came by while I was outside today and didn't even care I was there. Often glanced up to look at me and sorta nodded like 'hey whats up' then back to devouring the bird seed or what have you on the ground.

Very fluffy and cute, I love my pal Stinky!! :D

Luba August 3rd, 2005 09:48 PM

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Oh I should say, Sadie was inside and not too happy with this making pals with a skunk LOL :D

Luba August 3rd, 2005 09:49 PM

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Bye Stinky see you next time ....

kandy August 4th, 2005 11:17 AM

Ummmm.....I hope you were using a telephoto lense! :eek:

pags August 4th, 2005 11:29 AM

LOL Luba! That's too cute! I remember once walking out late at night at my parents' cabin in the country and sleepily petting one of their cats for a good two or three minutes before I realized it was actually one of Stinky's cousins.... EEP. :p I'm glad they're not quite as trigger-happy as we're often told they are. :D

Luba August 4th, 2005 12:07 PM

Actually I was very close to him only about 8/9 feet away and he didn't mind at all! Daring? I think he like me though he didn't stink me up!

You didn't really do that Pags did ya LMHO thats sooo funny! That would have made a GREAT picture!

pags August 4th, 2005 01:36 PM

Yes yes - I did Luba. All I can figure is he was eating out of the catfood bowl at the time... and the food must have tasted soooo good that he didn't mind a pet or two from a crazy human. Now when we used to mistake the opossums for the kitties -- that's another thing entirely.. MAN do those things get scary when crossed!!!!

I LOVE your pictures, Luba. You've got the whole visit documented! How'd you get so lucky as to get these things to come out in the dark anyway??

chico2 August 4th, 2005 01:59 PM

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Luba,that is so cute...we have a couple coming at night(late)I think they are mom and a baby and they too eat birdseeds on the ground.
I only watch them from the window,with a big flashlight,which they don't seem to mind.My resident coon kind of takes the long way around them :D
There is lots to see out there,soo much better than TV...
Here's a very old pic of me and a wee skunk,he was rescued and turned in to a pet...I do not approve,but boy was he cute!! An awful pic of me,by the way,but just look at the skunk :D

Luba August 4th, 2005 02:13 PM

I use a bright flash then brighten them up on computer software, if I dont they are very dark and you can't see very much.
I still can't believe a wild skunk just let you pat it Pags thats amazing!! What a nice memory.

Anita is that really a lil skunky in you hands oh wow what a site what a site, thats so beautiful!

I"m glad that I'm not the only one that loves these little stinkies I find them very sweet actually.

I remember a rabid skunk once as a kid the poor thing was so sick it was snarly and yet fatigued walking down our driveway almost like it was searching for help, didn't know what was wrong with it.

We had animal control come out to put him to sleep, it was so very sad :(
He looked so helpless like he was crying out to us HELP ME HELP ME!

chico2 August 4th, 2005 02:20 PM

Yes,that is a real skunk,still a bit smelly,but he had been descented(is there such a word?)he lived for many years until one day he got sick and was pts.Not mine though,he was taken care of by friends of ours on a big property in Cambridge,after they found him on the road with a dead mom.
I LOVE all animals,in my view they all have a purpose and a right to live.Stinky or not :D

Luba August 4th, 2005 02:27 PM

It's beautiful that he was saved, could have died there next to mama!

Jackie467 August 4th, 2005 03:01 PM

I think skunks are beautiful, just don't want to get too close. lol.

Pags I can't believe a skunk let you pat it :eek: . lol.

chico2 August 4th, 2005 03:47 PM

Yeah Luba,it was a good thing they did,but unfortunately they kept him mostly as a conversation-piece,not so much because they loved him..
He grew up inside the house,but once he got older was kept in a pen outside and eventually got sick...and was pts :sad:

Luba August 4th, 2005 04:02 PM

Anita:( sniff sniff
Oh I didn't wanna know that sniffers

chico2 August 4th, 2005 04:09 PM

Awww sorry Buuba :sad: We have long since ended any friendship with them,they were also in to fox-hunting the traditional ugly English way and kept about 20 hounds in a small kennel.Oh well,that's a whole other story!!

Luba August 4th, 2005 04:30 PM

Oh fox hunting bah humbug

I know you couldn't be friends, knowing that now because it would bother you too much...u r just like me :D

pags August 4th, 2005 04:34 PM

Aw. That's horrible, chico! I just don't understand people sometimes.. (read: most of the time).

And as for me and my wild animal encounters... I swear I don't know what it is about me but one of my college bio professors used to send me out as bait when we were out in the field because inevitably curious critters would come sniff at me. :p (I put my foot down when he asked me to do this on a herpetology trip...)

Donna Marie August 4th, 2005 05:00 PM

If you look around on the net, there are a lot of people who now have pets as skunks...there are all sorts. Personally, I have enough to handle with my ferrets, skunks would just be too much.

Luba August 4th, 2005 05:43 PM

I like them in their freedom element and yes I know there are many that keep them.

Paggo-bait you~!

chico2 August 5th, 2005 07:54 AM

Pags,I don't think it's so much that wild critters are drawn to us,but we SEE them because we look around us.
People watching TV at night,have no idea of all the creatures visiting their backyard at night.It's like"look and you shall find" :D
Of course in my case,it helps that I feed them :evil:
When we go to S Carolina,I check every flowering bush,for different butterflies,hummingbirds etc...there are lots,I walk around with my camera and people think I am just a bit nutter,taking pics of bushes..[img][/img]
We love animals and we notice them,while many people have blinders on,or they are just not interested,to me it's a priviledge to watch a wild animal,in the wild.

pags August 5th, 2005 09:36 AM

That's so true, chico! I'm totally in awe of nature - and you can find me scanning every leaf and branch and blade of grass when I go out too... And listening for the little sounds as well. I am definitely usually more aware than most people when I'm out there. Uh although some of the critters -- such as the cat-food-eating skunk catch me off guard when they're in unexpected places so close to where we humans are raising a ruckus.

I also don't go stomping through the woods like I'm a drunk teenager on a day-shopping trip at the mall. I try so hard to teach my kids to show some respect when they're out there -- you know trying to teach them that they're guests in the animals' homes. Frustrating - I don't think they've ever actually SEEN any of the wildlife they could have encountered. As a matter of fact - they just spent a week in the Adirondacks and we're told that a couple of days ago they scared the hooey out of a little black bear that THEY NEVER EVEN SAW. Sigh. Everyone else saw the little fella -- and they also saw him take off running when he heard my boys coming. I keep telling myself they are young and they will learn ... but... yeesh....

If my boys had encountered your pal Stinky, Luba.. I'd be bathing them in tomato juice at this very moment. :p

Luba August 5th, 2005 10:46 AM

Kid + Bear = scared bear..I'd run too :p

I take my camera with me everywhere too, there's always one in a pocket or purse :D

Prin August 6th, 2005 03:05 AM

Those buggers are so cute. It's a shame they're so stinky. :)

Luba August 6th, 2005 10:44 AM

Prin wth are you doing up at 4am? Uhm wait you have an insomnia post LOL

I tell ya eat organic and you'll depollute your body hahah!

Prin August 6th, 2005 01:19 PM

LOL Maybe I should start eating my doggies' Solid Gold. They sleep fine. :D My boyfriend called me at 1 and woke me up, the bastid. :)

Luba August 6th, 2005 01:40 PM

Oh yes I had one that used to do that to me as I'd made a point of calling him at 4am just to say "HEY what you DOIN"

He didn't call me so late any more LOL :p

Prin August 6th, 2005 01:44 PM

LOL I meant 1 PM. Hee hee. :o

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