Is fluffy cute?

Skunk from a safe distance
Skunk from a safe distance

Once it gets dark, the bird feeders become skunk feeders, or at least the worm-laden cruft of sunflower shells underneath. All too often, when I go out looking for my evil fluffy white cat, that bit of fluff in the bushes turns out to be a skunk. Even the cat gets confused. In one of his early forays, he was nose to nose with a skunk, looking like he was thinking, What a strange cat! The skunk looked like it was thinking, What a stupid cat!

Considering all these close calls, it’s amazing how rarely we get even a whiff of distant musk. (Let’s forget about that nuking last winter.)  Skunks may be fluffy and evil, but I have to admire their insouciance. All that flowing white fur can be beautiful as they trundle along. And when a whole family shows up with little fluff balls trailing behind, I can’t help it. Even skunks can be cute.

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