Striped skunk

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Mephitis mephitis One of a family of four, out on an evening forage.

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Comments (9)

Suzen N on August 8, 2012

Ah,beautiful baby..;-))Does Asker like this animal?!

Ronald Losure on August 8, 2012

No, he doesn't know about these, and I intend to keep it that way. These are the animals with the incredibly bad smell. Perhaps you've seen them on nature television shows. Thanks for the Yves Saint Laurent.

Ronald Losure on August 8, 2012

In case you haven't seen such a nature show, the story typically goes like this: The star of the show is a bear cub, who is following his mother to learn the ways of the wilderness. The cub gets separated from his mom. Next we see a skunk waddling along the forest trail. The cub is curious and puts its nose too close to the skunk. The skunk raises its tail and sprays the cub with the odor. The cub runs back to its mom, rubbing his head on the ground. Mom says "Go jump in the river." This doesn't help; the cub smells bad for a week.

Suzen N on August 8, 2012

;-)))Smells ,but cute...))

Ronald Losure on August 8, 2012

Exactly right. Admire from a distance.

kleiner waldschrat on January 30, 2013

Sehr hübsch, aber ich würde trotzdem Abstand halten! Tolle Aufnahme!

Ronald Losure on January 30, 2013

Das ist eine gute Idee, Catrin. Danke.

Diane MP on August 17, 2013

Argh! A skunk sprayed under our house when I was a child. We had to move out for two weeks, throw out our food, and the smell was still there for a long time after. Of course, being a kid, I thought this was an big adventure - but the smell made our eyes water. ;o

Ronald Losure on August 17, 2013

Wow. What an adventure. Something to remember and tell your grandkids.

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  • Uploaded on August 8, 2012
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    by Ronald Losure
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot SX230 HS
    • Taken on 2012/08/07 17:56:43
    • Exposure: 0.013s (1/80)
    • Focal Length: 70.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.900
    • ISO Speed: ISO800
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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