Skunks in the News

‘They might say we’re mad but we don’t care’

Pet shop owners live with meerkats, snakes – and even a skunk
Published Monday, August 11, 2014

A pet shop owner brings a whole new meaning to taking your work home with you – by snuggling up at night to meerkats, a raccoon and a skunk.

Alyss Dickinson, 23, and her boyfriend Andy Rogers, 41, also share their Lincoln home with snakes, tarantulas, lizards, an owl, and a six-legged tortoise.

(Picture: John Aron/SWNS)

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10 Common Skunk Behaviors

Learn about the behavior of these curious sniffers who love to snooze during the day.
Published Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A skunk companion is sure to turn heads — and it might even send passersby running. After all, the ability to spray foul-smelling fluid is what skunks are best known for. Skunks are not commonly kept as pets and they are illegal or restricted in many states, but those who can share their home with a skunk companion have a first-row seat to some interesting behavior.

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Pet Skunks Are Not The Stinkers You Think

Deborah Cipriani and the volunteers at Skunk Haven want people to know the joy of owning pet skunks.
Published Friday, June 13, 2014

Do you believe in fate? Deborah Cipriani of North Ridgeville, Ohio, certainly does. How else could you explain living in a home with dozens of pet skunks? They sure don’t show up at your door knocking — well, unless you are the Skunk Lady.

Cipriani had skunks knocking at life’s door ever since she was a little girl when he parents gifted her with a large, plush skunk toy that she came to adore. During the '80s, she came across her first wild skunks. Or did they come across her? She was camping with some friends in a remote area in Colorado when she heard a pitter-patter behind the tent early one morning. She unzipped the tent to investigate what was making the curious sounds. She thought it might be rats, but instead she found a family of skunks.

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