They're great. They've got these in-your-face stripes that are all don't mess with me
, and pretty much everyone knows not to
, but they don't let it go to their heads. Skunks want to be left alone, but it's not like they go around hassling anyone else, either.
They pretty much just seem to do their own thing. It's refreshing.
Tonight I was coming in from a walk, and a couple of yards out I was like, oh hey, is something moving by the door?
And then I was like, OH HEY, A SKUNK IS MOVING BY THE DOOR!
Meanwhile the skunk, who had just come around the corner, was visibly realizing: holy shit, a human!
So we both pulled up short, and the skunk put its tail up to remind me of the scent gland thing in case I'd forgotten, and I backed up a step to indicate that no, no, really I was perfectly aware.
And then we both retreated rapidly, because neither of us was looking for a fight, and the neighborhood is plenty big enough for both of us.
I just like skunks, people, I don't know. I mean, it's not like they're cuddly or anything.
But they're reasonable
.1. Except great horned owls, apparently. Great horned owls are hardcore and give no fucks; they wear skunk spray like it's perfume. (back)2. I mean, apart from the smaller critters they crunch on -- they are omnivores. (back)3. At least, wild ones aren't. (back)