Friday, August 26, 2011

Viewing the Wildlife

A couple nights ago, I went to lock up the house as I normally do before retiring. That's when I spotted it. That big white stripe along its back made it stand out even in the dark. I stood and stared as the thing meandered down the street, along the curb, away from my perch.

Whew.

At least I was one story up, so I was in no real danger. It wasn't as safe as the time I spied a skunk crossing the street in front of my moving car (I swerved and missed). But it was better than that one very early New Year's sighting.

I prefer catching the squirrels running along the power lines. At least it's been a couple years since I last had a skunk sighting.

3 comments:

  1. Well, that would freak me out just a little bit. Where do you live that you've seen multiple skunks? Your bio says your own little world...filled with skunks?

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  2. Liz, glad you joined the campaign. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    As for me, the closest I've come to a skunk was late one dark night when I was trying to bring in my cat from the back yard. He had the skunk kind of cornered against a fence about 2-3 feet away. I had to grab the cat and pull him away before the skunk got upset with either of us. Not fun.

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  3. Once there was a skunk trapped in the main irrigation line at the farm where I moved pipe. I had to disconnect the line (about twelve inches in diameter) and I pushed it vertical to try and get the skunk out. It didn't budge...somehow wedging itself in the pipe so that it remained in place. I said, "Fine!" and connected the pipe to the pump with the other end open to the field. I started it up and WHOOSH skunk came flying out on a torrent of water (about ten feet) and plopped in the mud. Then I shut the pump off. Wet animal ran off but I bet he learned his lesson.

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