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~The Striped Skunk~
last summer i got a seasonal job working in an animal park, they had lots of animals from gerbils and guina pigs to camels and llama's. My job was working within the small animal section, and in turn i got look after 3 lovely little skunks Pepe - Black and white Male. Pewie - Brown and white male and Flower a tiny black and white female. They lived happily together, inside during the worst weather and they had a tunnel that they could access a large outdoor run on sunny days.
Theres a lot of talk about how much skunks smell and every bit of its true, the skunks i looked after had come from different homes, they lived indoors just like regular pets and were very tame, but they did have there sent glands removed. They still smell though, and cleaning them out every was not pleasent at all.
The striped skunk tends to live in open areas with a mix of habitats like woods and grasslands or meadows. It is usually never further than two miles from water. Skunks live in many places. They like woods, farm land, and even towns. They can live in wet and dry places. Skunks can dig their own den, they often live in homes other animals leave behind. They will also nest under houses.
It is an omnivour, it eats both meat and plants. Its diet includes insects, small mammals, fish, fruits, nuts, leaves, grasses and dead animals. What a skunk eats often depends on what it can find and the time of year.
The striped skunk is about the same size as a house cat. Its easily identified by the white stripe that runs from its head to its tail. The stripes usually meet again and form one stripe at the base of their tail. Their tails are usually a mixture of white and black fur. Each striped skunk has a unique stripe pattern.
Skunks live in many places. They like woods, prairies, and even towns. They can live in wet and dry places. Skunks can dig their own den, they often live in homes other animals leave behind. They will also nest under houses.
Four to seven babies are born in the spring. They are called kits. Baby skunks stay inside the den for around six weeks. Then, their mother teaches them to hunt and everything else they need to know about the outside world.
They are very strange looking animals and i wouldn't advise keeping them as pets, because they are very defensive and can spray from gland on there "bottom" end which stinks and lingers for days!! even though they are native to south america, there are breeders here in the uk.
Balanced and Bold
a new voice arises...
and full of surprises...
"Once you see me
there is no
Black or white,
Day or night,
Love or hate...
Tisn't always a case
At your own peril
will you choose
my warnings to ignore!
Silence is golden.
Why all the uproar?
Trust yourself and
Show no fear!
Beginning with one's self,
Respect is both a give and take.
Trust your own nose to scent
True friends from the fake.
Follow me and all will see
just how desirable are We!
Some will argue,
Others still will simply flee!
hold the power of Creation,
wear the subtle scent of power
Become the masters of sensual flirtation
and find strength within a flower.
Confidence will be thy plow."
Who Sings Now?
"Respect yourself and others will respect you." ~Confucius
"I am ze locksmith of love, no?" Pepe Le Pew
"As welcome as a skunk at a lawn party." ~proverb
Few animals command the instant respect that Skunk takes for granted. Only the foolish or ignorant will attack a Skunk, and Skunk's supreme confidence shows in his attitude. Despite the power of their infamously smelly defense, Skunk's are rather quiet gentle creatures much like Flower from the Disney film "Bambi". I should note that this film falsely depicts skunks as winter hibernators though.
There are about 11 different types of skunk, and the most well-known is probably the Striped Skunk found over most of North America. Roughly the size of a house cat and instantly recognizable by it's black body and double white stripes that run from head to tail, Skunk elicits an immediate response from those who encounter it. Anyone who has ever smelled Skunk from a distance could tell you why!
When a skunk feels threatened it will first growl and stamp it's feet. Then it will aim it's rear end with the sharpshooting scent glands at the source of the threat...if you have not headed these warnings and removed yourself by this point, a skunk will eye you up over it's shoulder, take aim and shoot it's offensive scent with amazing accuracy up to 10 feet! This horrendous smell is strong enough to ward off bears, and is difficult to remove.
Skunks usually don't become truly aggressive unless they feel cornered (like the one that got caught in the outhouse at Girls Scout camp!) or are defending young. Skunks are reluctant to spray as they have around five good shots in them after which it will take up to ten days to replenish. The show "Mythbusters" found that a mixture of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and liquid soap was most effective in removing the skunk scent, although tomato juice is a common home remedy that is also effective. Skunk's showy black and white coloring is usually all the warning needed by any creature that has experienced Skunk's defense before! These glands can be removed, however, and domesticated skunks have been kept quite happily as pets.
Skunks are typically solitary except when breeding, which begins around February or March. They have a 63 day gestation which results in one to seven young, which are born blind and will stay with the mother til around June or July. Males have no part in raising young and will even kill them. Largely carnivorous but considered omnivores, Skunks eat frogs, salamanders, mice, insects, snakes, moles and the like, which makes them handy for keeping down rodent populations. They will eat fruits and seeds, and are notoriously troublesome scavengers of garbage.
The statistics for a skunk to be a rabies carrier are quite high, being second only to raccoons. Nocturnal, skunks are excellent diggers and can be difficult to remove once they have entrenched themselves. An individual skunk can claim a territory of about 30-40 acres. Skunks are a favorite food of Great Horned Owls, so Owls are one of the first balancing totems for Skunks that should be examined.
"They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them." ~Mahatma Gandhi
"If I despised myself, it would be no compensation if everyone saluted me, and if I respect myself, it does not trouble me if others hold me lightly." ~Max Nordau
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, "Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?" Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." ~ Maryanne Williamson
Skunks embody confidence and their biggest lessons revolve around Respect. Skunk shows us how best to develop, give and receive respect. He teaches us first and foremost to respect ourselves and our own abilities. Well balanced Skunk people often seem fearless but in reality they are simply well aware of their capabilities and this gives them a firm self-confidence from which anything is possible. This quality either draws or repels others, and Skunk people are typically either liked or disliked strongly within one's first meeting. Unbalanced Skunk people can be arrogant, brash, or ill-mannered with little understanding of personal space.I particularly wanted to share the Williamson quote above as it so perfectly captures balanced Skunk energy. "As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." Skunk people attract others who either display or desire these confident qualities.
The wisdom of Owl makes an excellent balancing energy for the bold Skunk. It is important that Skunks understand how to develop a good reputation without being ruled by having a reputation. In other words, don't become so enamored of yourself simply because others find you such good company. The simplest way to cultivate this is just by being true to one's self, doing what you know is right in any given situation irregardless of what others think... in essence, living a good life. Most Skunks have to work at learning how to balance their attractive/repellent abilities.
Finding comfort in silence, accepting that there is a time to be social and a time to be alone is a big step for a Skunk. Others will notice Skunk people whether they are trying to be noticed or not, so it is best to remember not to boast or behave too outrageously as this will most likely put others off when you are trying your best to attract them.Balanced or not, Skunk people will not tolerate abuse of any sort and will take action if their warnings to desist do not meet with the desired results, often with a dramatic result. When a Skunk puts someone in their place, everyone remembers it! Powerful yet peaceful, Skunk is, nonetheless, not someone you want on your bad side.
"One can survive everything nowadays, except death, and live down anything, except a good reputation." ~ Oscar Wilde
"It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it." ~ Benjamin Franklin
"Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it, the tree is the real thing." ~Abraham Lincoln
One of my favorite cartoon characters ever has to be the breezy and romantic Pepe Le Pew. He never hurried, never doubted himself, was multi-talented, optimistic, and was even content with himself when he failed in his objective! It is their basic self-confidence that makes Skunk people so sexy to others, not necessarily their looks. Skunk people make enthusiastic, energetic and inventive lovers, having an innate understanding of all things "sexy". All the better for Skunk people then if they can develop a solid and balanced relationship with someone who understands their need to be solitary on occasion, their independence and flamboyant nature; someone who truly revels in them simply being themselves, warts and all. If your going to leave bite marks on someone, it ought to be someone you love. ~wink~
"Being a sex symbol has to do with an attitude, not looks. Most men think it's looks, most women know otherwise." ~Kathleen Turner
"You know, it is possible to be too attractive." Pepe Le Pew
The white stripes of a skunk relate to kundalini energy, and those unfamiliar with this term should give some study to the matter. This is a highly creative, powerful yet subtle feminine force laying dormant within us that can purify one's being, open and travel through all chakra points, inspire us and lead us to our higher selves. Yoga is an excellent activity for Skunk people. Because of their bond with scent, Skunks often have a highly developed sense of smell. Skunk people will find that they have strong responses to odors of all sorts and it is good to be mindful that smell is the strongest link to memory that we have.
Studying the language of flowers, and Aromatherapy will also greatly benefit Skunks. Through this, one could unlock lost memories of childhood or past lives, retain information longer and more vividly, heighten sexual responses (can't you just hear that trademark Pepe growl? lol), and unobtrusively sway things towards your favor. For example, I have found that wearing a combination of eucalyptus and ylang ylang oils elicits an excellent response during job interviews of all sorts. This combination of "energetic" and "attractive" is a confident aroma that often leaves an interviewer favorably disposed towards you without being too intrusive. Skunk people will find that using scents will not only be pleasing to them personally, but will draw a powerful response from their associates. Again, finding a proper balance between "too much" and "not enough" of these sexy, scentimental qualities is part of the life challenge for Skunk people.
"Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains; another, a moonlit beach; a third, a family dinner of pot roast and sweet potatoes during a myrtle-mad August in a Midwestern town. Smells detonate softly in our memory like poignant land mines hidden under the weedy mass of years. Hit a tripwire of smell and memories explode all at once. A complex vision leaps out of the undergrowth. ~Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses
"Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived." ~ Helen Keller
"Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers, our desires, our food, are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance. But this rose is an extra. Its smell and its color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers." ~ Sherlock Holmes
Consider the phrase, "I smell a skunk" which is commonly used to mean "my intuition is telling me something is wrong with this person or situation." Listen to these intuitions! Skunk people need to develop a trust in their instincts, as they will have a strong intuitive sense that will allow them to "smell" trouble. Skunk can help anyone learn to recognize, accept and properly react to warnings of all sorts. Like most of us, the challenge here is for Skunk people to learn to trust their instincts without their mind's many logical arguments getting in the way. Skunk will often appear to deliver a warning, and one should proceed with caution whenever she appears.
Because of their powerful presence, Skunk people will often experience difficulty in achieving a workable balance between confidence and hubris. They make an impact and it is inevitable that others will notice a Skunk...how they notice us is up to us. The silent nature of Skunk is a subtle reminder to such people that they are best off being quiet in most situations, until they are sure just how to react. "Look before you leap, and think before you speak" is a pretty sensible outlook to have irregardless.
Black is the color of wisdom, the void, mystery, death, sorrow, extremes, everything and nothing in balance, power, strength, earth, sexuality, and is considered both grounding and calming in color therapy. White can also represent death, but it more commonly represents purity, innocence, femininity, peace, harmony, security, blessings, hope, virginity, and surrender. In color therapy, White is commonly used to provide energy, achieve balance, stimulate the production of serotonin, to cleanse, and refresh. Skunk's black and white self is a visual reminder of both his strength and the need to find and maintain a balance in life.
Think of the typically black and white image of YinYang energy and imagine it swirling into Skunk's vibrant form. If you need help in communicating, self-esteem, confidence, developing a good reputation, charisma, developing your sensuality or finding balance, Skunk is an excellent Teacher to ask for help. Just remember to approach him with respect and you should get along just fine. Powerful, protective, a living example of extremes in balance...How does Skunk appear in your life?
"It is better to rise from life as from a banquet - neither thirsty nor drunken." ~Aristotle
"Enough is as good as a feast." ~English Proverb
"Even nectar is poison if taken to excess." ~Hindu Proverb
Especially For Dave Section:
Respect is a key issue for Skunk people; having a healthy balance between respect for self and respect for everything else in the Universe is the focus. Balance is an equally important topic for Skunk people. Skunk's black and white self is a visual reminder of both his strength and the need to find and maintain a proper balance in life. If you need help in communicating, self-esteem, confidence, developing a good reputation, charisma, developing your sensuality or finding balance, Skunk is an excellent Teacher to ask for help. Indicative of Kundalini energy, sensitive, intuitive, attention attracting, and born with a keen instinct for non-aggressive self-preservation."Look before you leap, and think before you speak" is a pretty sensible outlook.