Thursday, November 12, 2009

Another Night Visitor

We had a visit from our other skunk two nights ago. We call this one Flame.


This one is slightly larger than Flare. And if anyone is worried about me for walking among skunks, I will point out that these two skunks are very well behaved. As long as I'm quiet and move slowly, they are content to allow me to take pictures. In fact, while I was taking this picture of Flame, Dusty managed to get out the door and chased the skunk. Dusty has been skunked before and should know better, but I suppose you can't blame a cat for being a cat. Not only did she follow Flame all the way around our house, but then she continued to menace the poor thing from the bushes. I eventually got hold of the cat and--after making sure she hadn't taken on any new odors--threw her inside. The fact that Flame did not skunk the cat leads me to two thoughts. Either Flame is incapable of skunking or Flame didn't feel threatened enough by my dim-witted pussycat to stink her. I'm guessing the latter.


~*~The Family~*~ said...

Well, it could be your kitty was spared for either reason. We learned this last summer that a skunk has five sprays in it before it is out of stench. Then it takes about 5-6 weeks for it's smell making gland to refill itself. Wow, I never thought I would have the opportunity to pull out that bit of useless knowledge and repeat where it would even remotely make sense in a conversation, or in this instance, a comment. Oh, and you are a braver woman than I to get that close to a skunk!

The Stone Age Techie said...

All I can say is, you are a brave, brave woman!
Maybe Flame is a backyard version of Pepe Le Pew (not sure on the spelling - remember him from Loony Tunes?), and he is in love with your cat and so could never spray her :-)

Cheers -

Eva Gallant said...

Love the Pepe lePew theory! Great skunk picture!

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