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Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 6 October 2012 in Animal & Insect.

This little skunk discovered the cat food, and refused to back away. We had to spray him with the garden hose before he had the chance to spray us.

NIKON D5000 1/90 second F/4.5 ISO 800 153 mm (35mm equiv.)

Bruce from Tacoma, United States

Animal stinks - picture does not.

6 Oct 2012 5:38am

VISU...ELLE PHOTOGRAPHY from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Especially not scare him because of the smell it would launch around him! LOL

6 Oct 2012 7:41am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Wow a superb capture

6 Oct 2012 8:14am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

The babies are cute....from a distance, of course! I saw two of them in a photo at Facebook and thought of you!

6 Oct 2012 10:09am

@Japanalia: Um...wait - you saw a photo of a skunk and thought of me?? ;-))

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

He is sure cute from here! (and this is about a close as I want to be!)

6 Oct 2012 10:54am

yalda from Iran, Iran

a gutty skunk

6 Oct 2012 12:34pm

franz from Baden, Austria

a very handsome stinker, and by the looks on his face he doesn't like being disturbed at all ... ;-))

6 Oct 2012 1:47pm

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Good job getting the shot before shooing it away. Do you have problems with skunks in your area?

6 Oct 2012 1:56pm

@Julie L. Brown: Although we live in a city, there is an area of fields, creeks and thick woods right behind our house. It's great because we have a lot of wildlife there - possums, rabbits, foxes (which we love), and an occasional coyote, armadillo, or skunk - which we are not so fond of. The baby skunks are really cute, but we just don't want them to hang around so we do not have a surprise encounter some night. We didn't like spraying him with water, but saw him on our patio the night before, and didn't want him to get comfortable hanging around this close to the house.

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

I saw a photo of two baby-skunks on Webshots and remembered this photo of yours and came back here to write a comment! Sorry that I was not clear enough with my first comment!

6 Oct 2012 2:08pm

@Japanalia: I was just kidding with you, Gabriela. You know I couldn't pass up a chance like that. LOL

Joyce from Montana, United States

Wow Barbara! Gosh he's pretty. Looks amusingly like Wookie. How brave of you to spray him first! That smell can penetrate the area for hours and hours, and in a surprisingly big circumference. This could have turned out much worse.
What a sneaky, brave good frame and capture and pretty funny too.

6 Oct 2012 2:52pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Sueprbe iamge quel plumage fantastique compo.

6 Oct 2012 4:02pm

Jean-Luc T. from Juignac, France

I like the picture and the story!

6 Oct 2012 4:36pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Ewwwwwwwww, I do not envy your having them this close, but this is a great shot.

6 Oct 2012 9:26pm

Jackie from Montréal, Canada

Good story that ends well! This little skunk is cute!

6 Oct 2012 10:54pm

Baldwin from Bejuma, Venezuela

It's fair ... just a spray contest, who won ?? Great capture of this stinky and beautiful guy !!!

6 Oct 2012 11:12pm

Philnz from Thames, New Zealand

Glad you got a photo before you chased him away, I have never seen one.

7 Oct 2012 3:10am

anne fleurent from Bois-le-Roi, France

beautiful little hooligan ! *****

7 Oct 2012 6:26am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Love that tail

7 Oct 2012 1:42pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Oh no! great image, and glad you sprayed it first!

7 Oct 2012 2:59pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

My son's dog got sprayed in the face..they been dealing with the smell for 3 weeks now..they tried every trick in the book...nasty /smelly creatures..nice shot..

8 Oct 2012 11:47pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

I would suggest a 600mm for this type of photography ; ] best…jf

9 Oct 2012 3:42pm

Melissa from Deep South Texas, United States

Either you had a long lens on, or your one brave photographer.

12 Oct 2012 11:31am

1/90 second
ISO 800
153 mm (35mm equiv.)