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Hidden Camera Catches Mysterious Little 'Dancer' In The Desert

"This is the most adorable thing ever!"

A wise man once wrote that any day in which we do not dance should be considered a day we’ve lost. 

And a little wild animal spotted recently on a hidden wildlife camera in Arizona’s Saguaro National Park seems to hold a similar belief. 

Spotted skunk caught on hidden wildlife cam doing a little dance
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“Dance like no one is watching,” the National Park Service (NPS) captioned a #fridayfeeling video on Instagram on Friday, “ ... except the wildlife camera." 

Commenters observed that the figure looked like a tiny tiki dancer with wild bouncy hair. 

With a few blinks to reorient the image, one can see that this is just an illusion. In fact, the dancer is a relatively common creature doing something extraordinary: a handstand. 

Spotted skunk caught on hidden wildlife cam doing a little dance
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That’s right: A certain kind of skunk — the spotted skunk — does a handstand, fluffs out his tail and bounces around.

And it isn’t a "come-hither" move, either — in fact it’s supposed to be threatening so that predators don’t come close. 

Spotted skunk in the wild
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So this kind of skunk doesn't just have a storehouse of terrible perfume to keep predators away — he's also got the moves. 

Spotted skunk on tree trunk
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But not everyone finds this dancer so intimidating. 

"OMG," one commenter (among hundreds) wrote, "this is the most adorable thing ever!"