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Pet Skunks: Cute or Nasty?

Living 2011/04/21 13:00:00
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We've heard of some crazy pets before, but ... skunks?

According to the U.K.'s Daily Mail, skunks are the latest "must-have furry friend," despite the infamous stench they let out when they feel threatened.

Breeders estimate that there are around 2,000 skunks kept as domestic pets, and owners boast of their clean, soft fur and ability to be house-trained.

Katie Sleightholme, 30, paid about $615 for her skunk, Busby, but they go for up to about $2,461.

"Most nights he will crawl up and sleep on my shoulder and snuggle into my neck. He’s incredibly affectionate and sociable. We are trying to train him to walk with a lead and harness so we can walk him with the dogs," she tells the Mail.

Sleightholme's daughter with Busby:



Breeder Seb Miller, who sells around 200 skunks a year, says if skunks are trained properly when they are younger, you don't have to worry about them spraying.

Sleightholme agreed.

"Busby made a stink once and it just smelled slightly of garlic. But since we’ve trained him, there have been no problems," she says.

Would you take the chance?

Read More: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1375476/Sk...

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  • lola 2011/04/21 15:47:37
    Cute
    lola
    +7
    they are cute but they should be left alone every animal has a purpose... cute animal purpose  cute  skunk

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  • John Hall 2012/07/09 01:32:22
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    John Hall
    They look cute until you piss them off.
  • kasi 2012/06/14 13:53:01
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    kasi
    I am very interested in buying a baby skunk for my little boy. Where would I find one to purchase? Do pet stores carry them?
  • SisterGypsy 2011/05/12 20:32:49
    Cute
    SisterGypsy
    Skunks are adorable, just gotta have the gland removed.
  • Gregory Lopez 2011/04/26 21:05:57
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    Gregory Lopez
    Skunks can also have their spray glands removed so that they are unable to spray, making them perfectly normal pets.

    Though, there is no such thing as commercial skunk food, so you'll have to mix it yourself.
  • Zher 2011/04/26 20:39:03
    Cute
    Zher
    I love skunks, except I had to shoot the one that managed to get in our house at 2am. Pets though, great idea. I always wanted one, my mom said I could have gotten one but they look to much like rats and she pretty much hates all rodents. I like porcupines too but a little bit more of a problem than skunks can't exactly remove the quills and have the same animal.
  • S123 2011/04/26 16:07:02
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    S123
    At first I wasn't sure, but it shouldn't be a problem (unless it is bad for the skunks), as long as they really can be trained properly. If people have big dogs, why not skunks? I would rather get sprayed by a skunk than mauled. And they are cute.
  • Evil Potato 2011/04/25 02:11:30
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    Evil Potato
    Sorry, but even though it's trained as a baby, I would still be scared about my pet skunk spraying everywhere if we had a house guest and it felt threatened.
  • bethany 2011/04/24 21:28:39
    Cute
    bethany
    absolutely adorable, wouldn't want one as a pet though
  • Aurora 2011/04/24 05:29:47
  • kennady 2011/04/23 14:56:03
    Cute
    kennady
    where do find them
  • [Giga] 2011/04/22 23:36:08
    Cute
    [Giga]
    Insanely cute ;)
  • David 2011/04/22 22:16:53
    Nasty
    David
    I have a keen nose, no thanks!
  • Jana~ una chica loca 2011/04/22 21:40:43
    Cute
    Jana~ una chica loca
    cute, but I wouldn't have one :D
  • LudaHoodsZ 2011/04/22 16:40:54
    Cute
    LudaHoodsZ
    +1
    Cute and Nasty...they arent meant to be captive...they should be out in the wild

    cute nasty meant captive wild baby skunk

    But, they are very cute!!
  • kennady LudaHoodsZ 2011/04/23 15:05:30
    kennady
    +3
    where did u find it
  • LudaHoodsZ kennady 2011/04/25 20:57:52
    LudaHoodsZ
    ?? Uh, off the internet
  • ALofRI 2011/04/22 15:56:38
    Cute
    ALofRI
    I have "live-caught" 14 of them in my back yard. Transported them a few miles away (on the other side of I-95) and let them go. They do have their "nasty side", but don't most of US? I kind of compare them to politicians, leave them alone and you wouldn't dare to step outside.
  • skorn 2011/04/22 15:31:05
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    skorn
    +1
    That's Awesome !! I had one as a kid, Hilarious when they get mad !
  • Xemnas EmoShadow 2011/04/22 15:10:39
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    Xemnas EmoShadow
    i think skunks are adorable!!! i dont think the pet skunks can spray, because they hav their musk glands removed before they go to their new owner...
  • skorn Xemnas ... 2011/04/22 15:32:00
    skorn
    True that.
  • Kaliki 2011/04/22 15:04:57
    Cute
    Kaliki
    I had one
  • Brother Bo 2011/04/22 15:03:43
    Cute
    Brother Bo
    I'd love to have one.
  • Puzzler ~Sodahead's 32nd Guru~ 2011/04/22 14:56:52
    Cute
    Puzzler ~Sodahead's 32nd Guru~
  • jenkiez 2011/04/22 14:52:58
    Cute
    jenkiez
    Really cute....until they spray you. LOL
  • Just MEH....Piwan 2011/04/22 14:48:58
    Cute
    Just MEH....Piwan
    They are cute, and i have heard they are very docile pets, but make sure they are thoroughly "de-scented"!!!
  • stegil56 2011/04/22 14:46:12
    Cute
    stegil56
    I know people that have them and they are awesome!
  • Hil 2011/04/22 14:20:15
    Cute
    Hil
    I think they're adorable.
  • Crystal 2011/04/22 14:10:08 (edited)
    Cute
    Crystal
    This has been going on for a long time. Where have you been?

    Sure, I love almost all animals, so why not? They only spray "when they feel threatened", from your own words. If they're your pet, they won't spray you, because you'll make them feel loved, not threatened.

    Dogs bite when they're threatened, cats can claw your skin to shreds, that doesn't mean it happens often, does it? Because we have pets to make them feel safe and loved.
  • kaiqi 2011/04/22 14:07:22
  • Stella Bella 2011/04/22 13:49:13
    Cute
    Stella Bella
    Cute yes, that being said, I have no desire to own one.

    I know a girl that has 2 and she told me she needs to keep her cabinets locked at all times as they do like to forage for food.
  • The heartless 2011/04/22 13:29:07
    Cute
    The heartless
    +1
    Any pet is precious:)
  • Manuel 2011/04/22 13:22:29
    Nasty
    Manuel
    OMG...WTF? LOL... who would want a pet sunk? ...maybe people with 10 dogs and cats stinking up the house? I guess to them a sunk stink would not matter...lol
  • Kelly 2011/04/22 12:44:58
    Cute
    Kelly
    I would totally have one if there was a way to de stink it from spraying lol, they are so cute!
  • concerned dude 2011/04/22 12:39:17
    Cute
    concerned dude
    Cute but really stinky
  • Wolverineland 2011/04/22 12:35:47
    Cute
    Wolverineland
    Cute but a wild animal nonetheless.
  • Ariel Skipper 2011/04/22 12:35:00
    Cute
    Ariel Skipper
    they are cute but if you scare it you will be sprayed "beware of the skunk"

    cute scare sprayed beware skunk beware of my skunk sign
  • keliffa 2011/04/22 12:27:01
    Cute
    keliffa
    +1
    I'd have one is a second.

    skunk
  • Account Closed 2011/04/22 11:57:15
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    Account Closed
    These animals cannot be domesticated, they are and will forever be a wild animal, incapable of being 100% domesticated, it has taken thousands of years to domesticate dogs and cats, by breeding, skunks while cute can and will bite and claw and they will spray, its a wild animal and needs to be left to the wild as intended.

    skunks cute bite claw spray wild animal wild intended smelly skunk
  • ♥Bunny ♥ 2011/04/22 11:48:46
    Cute
    ♥Bunny ♥
    i want one they are so cute
  • joeykeyz 2011/04/22 11:23:59
    Cute
    joeykeyz
    I dig all animals. There's this gray one that hangs out by my house in the early mornings.
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