Owning a home comes with many responsibilities inside and outside. One year we started having an issue with possums and skunks. The possums were rooting holes in our yard and the skunks pranced through the yards like they owned the place.
One afternoon we were outside on the deck. Some of our family was visiting so we were talking and enjoying the nice weather while our food was cooking on the grill. Someone noticed a skunk down below on our small cement patio and we couldn’t tell if it was dead or alive.
The skunk was wedged between the concrete bench and the wooden fence and it was not moving at all. I called animal control and asked what we needed to do. They wanted to know if it looked aggressive or was a threat in any way. I told them it was very still and I didn’t know if the skunk was dead or alive.
Animal control said to leave it alone and to let them know if it was still there the next day. We checked on it from afar just in case it got scared and decided to spray. If it wasn’t dead, it was the master at playing possum.
The next morning it was still wedged between the bench and fence so I got on the phone with animal control. I explained what the situation was and they told us they would send someone to remove it. A little while later, two city employees arrived to assess the situation.
They walked down to where the skunk was and determined it was alive but it’s breathing was labored because it was wedged in so tight. One of the employees asked for some olive oil so I went in the house and returned with the entire bottle.
I set it down on the bench next to the blanket and gloves they had retrieved from their truck. One employee was in front of the skunk and one was behind (I wouldn’t want that job) when the one in front poured some olive oil directly on the skunk. She reached in and started to work the skunk out gently.
The employees were finally able to get the skunk loose and were putting the blanket over it to carry it to the truck but not before it sprayed them. Oh what a smell that was. And, instead of going through the side fence, they carried it through the house.
We immediately opened every window and cleaned the floors where they had walked through. The smell didn’t linger too long and it was a relief that the skunk and its odor was finally gone.
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