Our middle child came rushing into the house one day and announced that there was a skunk by our house. I, very afraid of getting sprayed, decided to suck it in and venture out to see what she was talking about. Sure enough, there was a skunk between our house and our neighbor’s. I had brought my camera with me to document the creature being there in broad daylight and took a couple of pictures, with my zoom of course. That’s when I discovered that the skunk was awfully still. Maybe it was playing opossum saving its spray defense for the last resort. Oh, no. The poor thing was deceased. It got stuck in the chicken wire fence that separates our properties, and perished.
This was not something I was going to take care of. Never, ever, EVER! It’s gross, but that thing was left for a couple of weeks sitting in the fence with both us and the neighbor hoping the other would cave and take care of it. Finally, the weather got quite hot and we couldn’t stand the stench any longer. It was getting kind of embarrassing since I am sure the whole neighborhood was starting to smell it too.
Have you ever had a time when you have thought to yourself, “This is not what I signed up for!”? Well, guess who had to remove that thing? Yes, the resident volunteer fire fighter who had extrication training under his belt. Granted, the training was for humans caught in mangled cars and not dead, stinky skunks stuck in wire fences, but hey, he was that more qualified than the neighbor was.
After gagging and puking a few times, he got that thing out and to the garbage dump. The poor old skunk got the last laugh though. It’s been at least a month, if not more, and it still smells like skunk outside. When it gets breezy, the smell reaches several blocks away even. We have dumped bleach out there, but the smell doesn’t go away. I am tempted to dump a few gallons of tomato juice out there, or maybe even some hydrogen peroxide. I am sure that as time goes by, however, that the smell will naturally go away, and we will be well onto the next crazy adventure.