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Skunk bites girl
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Maggie/TX    Posted 12-03-2003 at 20:38:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
An online friend of mine says her husband's sister got bit by a skunk when she opened the door to let her cat outside. The skunk jumped on her foot and bit it and took off with her house slipper. Someone in the house tried to catch it to kill it so it could be tested but it got away. They took her to the hospital right away. Now she's got to have the rabies shots.

Now I wasn't brought up in the country and am not an expert on skunk behavior, but I didn't think skunks were usually this aggressive. It sounds to me like there's a really good chance the thing is really rabid. What do yall think? Any skunk behavior experts in the crowd?

piper perkins    Posted 06-20-2004 at 18:13:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I recently had a skunk in broad daylight trying to attack my
dog through our screen door. It then proceeded to march
confidently down the middle of the road stopping traffic. I
called the local animal control center and a representative
captured the skunk. He told me that if you see skunks
during daylight hours then they 99% of the time have rabies
- they tested this on and sure enough he was rabid.

Kansan    Posted 12-04-2003 at 11:52:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
I recently had a confrontation with a skunk. It did not mind my presence at all which I thought was a little odd. I went to get my .22 and the skunk gave me all the time I needed. I actually had to yell and wave my arms like an idiot to get it to run far enough away from the house...then it was bye bye skunky! Darn thing still managed to spray my way and cause quite a stink. You haven't smelled skunk til you smelled it when it it that is DISGUSTING.

scotty    Posted 12-04-2003 at 09:51:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
One of our local skunks sprayed our outside shepard a couple of weeks ago, he still stinks!
Hope your friend is OK!


Doc    Posted 12-04-2003 at 01:52:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
That is not natural. Keep looking for the skunk with all of your efforts. If you shoot it do not shoot it in the head. FIND THE SKUNK.

I've been through rabies shots and they are nasty but if you can't find the skunk then take the shots. Not worth the risk.

deadcarp    Posted 12-03-2003 at 21:35:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
No expert but i've met a few and my dad used to collect bounty on them. we had a rule: if you ever do get bitten by a skunk, try to catch it alive cuz if it survives 2 weeks, it doesn't have rabies. then you won't need the shots which are kinda a pain. yep we had a few penned up - they settle down and don't really want to waste juice anyway. rarely spray or bite unless they're startled or desparate. they won't spray unless they can aim and they have lousy nite vision. did the thing display any other rabies symptoms or just react? (foaming mouth etc)

Cyndi    Posted 03-07-2004 at 23:27:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Skunks can be aggressive -- it's a natural trait when adult skunks are toegther, but under normal circumstances, they will prefer to avoid humans and pets. Keeping pet food in bowls outdoors can attract skunks (and other wild animals), so feed your pets indoors. By the way, there is a truly effective (and cheap!), harmless mixture for washing your pet or yourself to get rid of skunk spray odor:

Anti-Skunk Odor Solution: 1 quart of 3-percent (3%) hydrogen peroxide solution (from the drugstore); 1/4 cup of baking soda; and 1 teaspoon of liquid soap, which breaks up the oils in the skunk spray and allows the other ingredients in the solution to do their stuff. Avoid getting in the eyes. After washing up, the solution should be rinsed off with tap water.

This mixture works because the oxygen molecules produced by hydrogen peroxide and baking soda bond to the malodorous chemicals (thiols) in the skunk spray and neutralize them, turning them into other chemicals that don't have a bad smell and wash off harmlessly.

I haven't seen anything on it, but I imagine the new "oxy" laundry and household cleaners might be effective in removing skunk odor from clothing or surfaces, so you might give that a try. Or just wash such things in a tub (or sponge them off) with the same solution used for bathing pets or people.

Sarah    Posted 08-19-2005 at 08:45:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
has anyone ever heard of a skunk killing kittens.. cause where i keep mine i've almost lost all of them. Yes theirs cat food out.but it never accourd to me it might be a skunk till today when the whole place stunk.

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