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Re: interesting visitor

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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