Skunks are stinky and annoying. They are mostly seen dead on the road or viewed with great alarm. You don’t want to hear them in our garbage or tangling with your dog in the middle of the night. Skunks are not my favorite critters.
And, then I met this one. The color is evidently a naturally occurring mutation that the petting zoo in Oregon (West Coast Wild Game Park) is admittedly breeding for in their skunk population. And, of course, their skunks are de-scented. The soft brown coloring and the gentle sweetness . . . wow. They are so cute.
No, I don’t want a sweet-smelling skunk as a pet. I really don’t. But, I don’t think I’ll be looking at them with quite so much loathing in the future as they stroll across my yard, sure in the knowledge that no one (except Ruby) wants to tangle with them.