Skunks: They're So Cuuute!!!
Yes, I'm serious. I've always thought skunks would be fun pets as they seem like such friendly little critters. Apparently some think the same thing, as this Daily Mail story reports, the gal featured in the story is very pleased with her little skunkster.
What I didn't get, and isn't mentioned in the article, is what these people do to vaccinate them? Skunks are supposedly big time carriers of rabies, but I understand you can't vaccinate skunks for rabies because vaccination gives skunks symptoms of rabies.
Doing a quick search on vaccinating skunks I found this page on skunk myths. I guess skunks can be vaccinated against rabies, but you have to use a "dead" vaccine. So much for the vaccination problem.
From what I've read so far, though, skunks demand a lot of attention and can be a handful to deal with. That might be a bit much for me as one of our cats, Miss Kitty, tries my patience more than enough. Maybe I'll hold off on getting a skunk?
Oh, there's a comment posted on that Daily Mail story from some gal in Arcata.
Thanks to Radley Balko for the link to the story.