Skunked!

Jan. 18th, 2013 04:22 pm
altivo: Clydesdale Pegasus (pegasus)
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Last night as I sat reading by the wood stove, I was sure I smelled a skunk. Smelling one indoors in winter had to mean it was quite close by, so I checked to make sure the dogs were in, and quickly closed their door panel for a while so they couldn't go out. Thought the smell had subsided, so I unlatched the dog door again and Red immediately ran out, letting in another strong whiff.

Fortunately he didn't find the skunk. We looked around near the house and couldn't locate it, nor did we see any tracks on the snow. (The snow on the ground is only about a half inch deep and is fairly hard and crunchy now, so no tracks isn't really proof of much.)

I forgot about it until this morning when I went out to feed horses. Didn't notice anything until I'd given the boys their beet pulp and carried the bucket with Tess' portion over to her stall in the arena. Doors of both barns are closed at night this time of year, of course, to hold in what warmth we can and keep the wind out. When I opened the door to the arena, I was nearly knocked down by the stench of skunk, a mixture of rotten onions and who knows what else. Tess whickered at me and made faces, but she was OK. I felt sorry for her having been shut in all night with that (presumably) and hurried to open both of the large sliding doors. One of those is at the north end and the other at the south, so the air started to clear right away. Fortunately, Tess didn't seem to have lost her appetite either.

It was so powerful I was afraid it would cling to my hair and clothing, but it all blew away before I got back into the house. No obvious tracks in the arena dust either, but the skunk had surely been inside there. I hope it doesn't come back. Or that it goes back to wherever it was hiding and goes back to sleep. I didn't think skunks were supposed to be out and about at this time of year.

Date: 2013-01-18 11:35 pm (UTC)
avon_deer: (Default)
From: [personal profile] avon_deer
Rotten onions?! Ugh.

Date: 2013-01-19 11:23 am (UTC)
avon_deer: (Default)
From: [personal profile] avon_deer
Never smelled skunk..I DO know of a fox odour though. So I can well imagine it. Sounds like a nasty experience.

Date: 2013-01-19 06:22 pm (UTC)
schnee: (Default)
From: [personal profile] schnee
I've never actually smelled a skunk, either — so this is all rather fascinating (although I'm sure I wouldn't have wanted to be in Tess's position).

So skunks actually smell all the time, then? I was told that they didn't smell that bad unless they sprayed (or unless they were run over on a street), but perhaps that was wrong.

Date: 2013-01-20 09:45 am (UTC)
schnee: (Default)
From: [personal profile] schnee
That makes sense. Does the scent go away when the skunk's not sprayed for a while?

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