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Re: interesting visitor

It's me again...with more trivial info....Skunks: are very similar to cats. They can be trained to use a litter box and they will do just fine with cat food. I had one as a pet when I was a child. We had it "de-pewed" so it could not go outside..not only because it couldn't defend itself....BUT..you can't vaccinate a skunk for rabies. The vaccine will kill it. So it was a house pet. They only spray when they feel threatened. They are very, very mild mannered and non-aggressive. They like peace and quiet...do NOT like loud noises (that's how we got rid of one under our guest house...played loud rock and roll music for a week..she left). They sleep most of the day unless it's overcast and cloudy...they come out at night. They will move rocks and pots to find bugs and they will dig for them. They "roll" their food if it's large...like a frog or something. They'll roll it around in the dirt till it's dead. They love crunchy bugs. They'll dig for grubs and such....so if you see rocks turned over or pots that have been moved or knocked over...it could very well be a skunk.

Jesse Rene' Bell
Claremore, OK
Zone 6

From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Subject: Re: [CHAT] interesting visitor
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2003 03:03:52 -0400

Lovely story, Auralie...I consider you privileged to have had the

My understanding of skunks is that they are very mild-mannered
animals; not aggressive at all if not threatened.  Also, they have
rather poor eyesight, so if you were upwind of it, it likely didn't
realize you were there until it got close enough to see you.

The only one I've ever seen (alive) up close was a baby someone had
as a pet at the vet's office.  Thought it cute as could be and was
surprised at how coarse it's fur was (got to pet it).

Would not be surprised if it was digging in your pots.  I can always
tell when they've been around because they do go digging for
earthworms and other munchies in the borders - bigger excavations
than the squirrels make.  Also not surprised it savored the cat

Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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> From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
> About an hour ago I put the finishing touches on a humongous
indexing job
> that has been absorbing all my time for the past two weeks, and
because my back,
> legs, eyes, etc. were all aching, I walked down to the vegetable
garden to
> relax.  While I was pondering the damage that two weeks of neglect
can do, and
> wondering why I have had such very poor germination of seeds this
year, I became
> aware that a black and white animal was approaching across the
lawn.  I have
> two "tuxedo" cats, but I knew they were both inside.  There is
> black-and-white in the neighborhood who sometimes comes to commune
with my obese
> white female (he doesn't seem to know that she's spayed), so I
assumed it was him
> - not really paying much attention.  When I started to leave the
garden, which
> is fenced to foil the deer and other critters, I realized that the
black and
> white animal on the lawn, by now about ten feet away, was another
> altogether.  About the time I focused on this matter, he (or she -
I didn't really
> investigate) seemed to notice that I was there.  We stood and
looked at each
> other for a long moment (maybe 30 seconds).  Before I could really
think what
> to do, the skunk turned and waddled slowly off into the sedges
beside the
> pond, and I returned to the house as quickly as I could without
making any sudden
> movements or sounds.  Of course we know there are skunks around -
> smell them about daybreak.  I have suspected they were the culprits
who dig in the
> pots in my breezeway container garden.  There was even the time
some years
> ago when we were away and our son was feeding the cats and found
one eating from
> the cat's dish.  This is the first time I have come face to face
with one.
> It really wasn't as pretty an animal as I would have suspected - my
cats are
> better looking.  The white wasn't all that white, and it moved in
an awkward,
> unfeline way.  I'm very glad it went, however.  Auralie

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