Baby Skunk Saved From Plastic Cup That Almost Killed Him
Something looked a little off about a baby skunk recently found rummaging for food in a someone's yard.
Closer inspection showed that his life was actually in danger: A plastic lid from an iced coffee cup had become stuck around his neck.
"I managed to trap him in a net," Joy Huggins, founder of WHW, told The Dodo. Huggins then called her friend, Deb Lehman, who photographs wildlife to raise awareness about conservation, so she could catch the whole thing on camera.
"We picked up the skunk and cut off the plastic," Huggins said. "He was scared, but he wasn't trying to bite - he was pretty polite."
The fur around the lid was all matted down, suggesting the lid had been around his neck for a while. "I reached out to rub the area where the lid had been, and the little guy put his head down so I could give him a nice scratch."
The skin wasn't wounded, so Huggins and her team of volunteers let the skunk go and he scampered off into the woods.
"At the beginning of every spring season we post reminders about how the lids used for fancy ic[ed] drinks and sundaes can be deadly to our wildlife," WHW wrote on Facebook. "Here again is another animal that would have suffered a very slow and torturous death. This juvenile skunk would have eventually suffocated or died of infection as this sundae lid cut into its neck."
"How did you keep him from spraying you?" one person asked on Facebook about the skunk recently saved by Huggins and her team.
"We didn't," WHW replied. "He sprayed but it was worth saving his life."
Iced coffee cup lids, as well as six-pack plastic rings, can pose real threats to animals.
Remember to cut all plastic rings and to wash and cut plastic cup lids before putting them into a recycling bin. Better yet, use a reusable cup you never have to throw away. Little animals - and the earth - will thank you.
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