Acrobatic Skunk Handstands Before Spraying

posted: 11/05/15
by: Danny Clemens

Most people shudder at the thought of getting doused in a skunk's putrid spray. Although wives' tales offer a handful of questionable home remedies that promise to rid the skunk's unfortunate victim of its potent scent, it's never quite possible to forget exactly how bad you smell after a skunk gives you a piece of its mind.

As it turns out, there might be one very clear warning sign to alert soon-to-be stinkers that a peeved skunk is about to unload its fetid elixir: a handstand.

In new footage captured by the National Park Service, a spotted skunk in Arizona's Saguaro National Park is shown hopping onto its front legs and defiantly waving around its bushy tail in an apparent show of bravado:


"Like the other three groups of skunks, spotted #skunks are capable of spraying a strong unpleasant scent as a form of defense. But before spraying, spotted skunks will sometimes go into a handstand and attempt to intimidate any would be aggressors like this skunk is doing with the #wildlife camera," the agency explains.

Moral of the story: next time you see an inverted skunk, turn and run!


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