|Striped Skunk, Mephitis mephitis|
We all have been mesmerized by the very young striped skunk being seen in the grass on the hill beyond the pavilion. The Nature Day Camp kids were the first to discover it.
Oui, affaire d'amour! Our very own Pepé Le Pew, mon chéri, sniffing the air, exploring the grass, scratching the dirt, looking for bugs, worms and other soft-bodied whatnots. Tasty treats; just the thing for a young growing, odorous skunk—yes, it has a slightly pungent bouquet, but don't mention it. The young thing might become self-conscious.
The odd thing. Normally, striped skunks are nocturnal. But this young one hasn't seemed to figure that out. Or, it's just marching to the beat of a different drummer like Monsieur Thoreau.
- Text and photo by Stephen Lyn Bales. Happy Birthday sister dear!