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Re: Visitor

Skunks love yellow jackets and rattle snakes are afraid of them. They will only spray when absolutely necessary. 

ETN Zone 7 
Remember the River Raisin, the Alamo, the Maine, Pearl Harbor, 911. 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com 
To: gardenchat@hort.net 
Sent: Saturday, November 13, 2010 9:40:18 PM 
Subject: [CHAT] Visitor 

We have been feeding a cat for several weeks now. We think she 
belonged to a family down the road where the husband/father had a 
terrible accident some months ago. Anyway, she has appeared at 
our door, obviously hungry and avid for attention, but very skittish. 
She has been living in our garage some time, and we have been 
closing her in for warmth as the nights have been pretty cold. We 
don't want to bring her in with our two pampered pets until we can 
get her checked by a vet, and she is still so skittish that I am not 
sure I could get her into a carrier yet. I hate to think that she was 
abused, or at least run off from her previous home - I know that they 
have serious problems - but her behavior does suggest that. 
Anyway, I have been feeding her twice a day - morning and evening - 
in the breezeway near the garage door. For the last two evenings 
when we started out to bring in the birdfood - do that every night - and 
close up the garage, we have discovered a visitor finishing off the 
remains of her supper and spilled birdfood from the tube feeder - a 
very handsome skunk. This creature is really beautiful, with very 
long, fluffy hair and the traditional black-and-white markings. Needless 
to say, we have not gone out to encounter him. It appears that the 
cat has no problem with the creature - there has been no odor at 
all, and in the past we have been aware that such a creature was 
Ain't nature wonderful. 

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