- Jul 22, 2020
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- Solomons Island, MD
A couple of years ago, I had an encounter with a baby skunk while leaving for work at 3:30am. It must have been under a small fir tree we have by our porch. Walked past it and heard a noise. Turned around and there he was. He was so cute!!!I believe skunks are currently illegal as pets here in New Jersey. I don't know that I would want another one.
1) They are nocturnal. I could wake him up in the daytime but if I was not actively engaged with him he'd find a corner to go off and sleep. He was caged at night.
2) He was toilet trained to a place. If the litter pan was there he'd use it. If it was pushed a very few inches away he'd use where it should have been.
3) Very easy to feed. Eat anything - dog kibble, vegetables, fruit, eggs, grasshoppers, meat, cheese, peanut butter - anything.
4) Could walk upstairs but too short legged to come down. He'd stand at the top and thump his feet (skunks are silent) until I'd come and get him.
5) Very powerful - if I was on the sofa with him and he wanted to get behind me I could not push back hard enough to keep him from doing so. Cupboards and the refrigerator had to have mechanical, hook-and-eye latches.
6) Skunks are so susceptible to rabies I always confirmed that the vet was using the killed form of the vaccine as the attenuated rabies vaccine could trigger it.
Once I had tamed him he was a rather placid animal. I would bring him to the pre-school story hour at the library and all the shrill little children would gather round, chattering away, pet him, and he'd put up with it. I would say he was tame, not domesticated. I could say in thus-and-such a situation I think he will react thus-and-so. But would not extrapolate to what another skunk might do.
Of course this was many decades ago so maybe pet skunks are different now.
Anyway, he started stomping his little feet at me like he was about to turn and spray. I took off running for my car. Got in and rolled down the passenger window to get a photo of him but he was gone.