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Re: interesting visitor

Skunks, babies at least, are too cute and very sweet and affectionate.
Can't speak for the adults. Last time I was up at Jesse's for Neal's
graduation, they had three babies whose mama had disappeared (probably a
coyote got her) and they were darling. I have pictures of Jesse and her
girls (she took one of me too) holding these babies and cuddling them.
I'll have to get those scanned and sent to Donna so y'all can see for

Amazing pictures. They'll have to turn them loose when they get big
enough to fend for themselves, but it'll be tough. Most endearing little
creatures indeed.

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
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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>> 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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