An interesting family recently came to dinner.
They weren't much trouble. In fact, I didn't have to fix anything. The whole family wanted only what we had lying around - grubs, bugs and other beings.
I really hadn't expected them and was very surprised when I ran into the skunk family.
The children were beautiful. dark black with bright white stripes that started with a large head spot. Each had a blaze marking its forhead. Mom, like many of us moms, was a bit haggard looking with hair that had bleached lighter. Her white was not as bright. They weren't too camera shy - at least I didn't think so.
I've written here before that skunks aren't too scary as long as they aren't startled or feel threatened. I try to keep talking when they are nearby so they will know I am there. (much too easy for me to keep talking, my friends would say)
Evidently this mother and her two youngsters didn't here me because as they closed in to within a few feet of me I said, "You guys do know I'm here, don't you?" That got their attention. Tails went up, (not a good thing when it comes to skunks) Mom turned them away from me, I backed up quickly . . .
. . . then, watched as they quietly humped their way out of sight.