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Animal Lover Saves Rare Skunk Babies and They Are Stinkin’ Cute

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Wildlife rehabilitator and Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife Founder Kris Porter had been helping injured animals and all kinds of orphaned babies for four decades but it was her first time to care for, and even see, orphaned spotted skunk babies.

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Douglas DeFelice / Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife

While skunks with a white stripe down their backs are quite common, spotted skunks are considered “vulnerable” or at high risk of facing extinction in the wild by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

“I’ve personally never seen one before in Florida. Obviously, they exist!” Porter told Today.

The spotted skunk babies may be rare but they were fortunate that the person who found them had the experience and skills to know what to do with them so they could survive even without their mother, who had been killed by a dog.

orphaned spotted skunk babies

Douglas DeFelice / Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife

Initially, Porter fed the orphaned spotted skunk babies with a specialty skunk milk replacement via syringe for better delivery. However, after some time, the skunks began feeding on a bowl of skunk milk with cereal and a bit of dog food to give it an extra boost of protein.

Porter admits being fascinated by the rare creatures as they were always eagerly anticipating feeding time.

“They do almost like a little dance,” Porter shared. “They know their feeding schedule,” she added.

In the photos shared by Today, it is evident how much the skunks love their food as they were practically bathing in the bowl of food, causing tons of mess.

orphaned spotted skunk babies

Heather Davies

The skunks may be in ecstasy while eating but they are grouchy during post-meal cleanup. Good thing they are still young enough to not be able to spray their infamous smell. If not, Porter would have an even harder time to care for them.

Porter plans on releasing the skunks in the wild this coming fall so that they can form intimate bonds and eventually reproduce to keep their species alive.

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