This time of year we seem to have a higher number of wildlife "rescues". Usually it involves baby birds that have launched themselves out of their nest. Last night we had a rescue that was a bit out of the ordinary! Alan was outside checking on things before we turned in for the night. One of our dogs was in the front yard barking, and when Alan went to see what was so exciting, he found this itty bitty skunk standing in front of the dog.
It is about the age in which the babies start following their mothers around, learning how to forage for food. We can only assume that the mother wandered off a little too quickly when the dog came into the yard, leaving the little one behind. The baby is lucky that we have friendly dogs!
While I stayed with the little one taking photos, Alan gathered an opened top box out of our recycling, some kitty food, and the "grabbers" (you know, those arm extension squeezy things). It was quite simple to "grab" the baby with the grabbers (no human/skunk contact was made), place it in the box with a bit of kitty food, and leave the box in the yard where Alan first saw the baby. With the dog out of the yard, we were confidant the mother would return looking for her wee one.
And, thankfully, there was no "stinking" involved!