Skunk facing off against a small tree
Photo by Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Recently released rescue skunk gets into a confrontation with a wild…tree

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Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Muskoka is a facility where injured and orphaned animals are cared for until they can be released back into their natural habitats. While the sanctuary does its best to prepare the animals for their return to the wild, it still take some time for the creatures to adjust to their new surroundings.

Like this skunk, which was one of four recently released. As the sanctuary noted in their Facebook post, skunks have very keen senses of smell and hearing, but their eyesight leaves much to be desired. There’s no better example than this newly free skunk, who was nosing around contentedly in the brush until it was shocked by the sudden appearance of a tiny evergreen tree.

The startled skunk jumps back but quickly recovers, rushing forward again to face its foe. Unfortunately, once again, the tree proves too menacing. After several attempts to intimidate the sapling, the skunk decides it’s better off going another way and retreats.

If you’ve ever been scared off a path by a skunk, this video will offer a little bit of schadenfreude.

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