Friday, July 1, 2011

A Surfeit of Skunks

The other night, the S.O. and I were driving home from a late night out with a friend. We rounded the corner of our long, wiggly road and the headlights hit glowing eyes in the dark. Being animal lovers, we slowed down, concerned it was a stray dog, or kitten. We realized there were LOTS of glowing eyes.

As we got closer we saw whatever it was, was fuzzy and excited and moving and wiggling all over the grass. Puppies! we thought. Oh boy, we get to pick up some puppies and love on them for a night or two before taking them to our awesome Humane Society. But wait a minute, those aren't puppies.....

Skunks. Six skunks on the roadside having some kind of meeting of the minds. S.O. was driving and started to back up saying, "Take a picture, take a picture." Me saying, "Are you out of your mind, I'm not rolling down that freaking window!" Fortunately the skunks decided on their own to high tail it down the bank and out of camera range.

So did you know a group of skunks is called a surfeit of skunks? Thanks Pam for tweeting me that bit of trivia! Rural living at its finest.


  1. 6/10/12 Around sundown this evening I was mowing the driveway which runs uphill thru a newly mown hayfield. About 30 yds. into the field was what I could only describe as a "puppy pile" of skunks. They seemed to pay me no mind and I felt safe atop the tractor. After around 10 minutes they began to split up - and I counted five. They were not babies, maybe healthy looking young juveniles. Never heard of such a thing before.
    Jim at Follyhill

    1. How cool Jim. It was one of the craziest things I've ever seen. They really looked like they were having a party.


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