The children looked up a wildlife expert. They found Annie Wilczak, a rehabilitator in Lee Center, New York.
Wilczak didn't hesitate to make the 40-minute drive to where the kids were keeping the struggling skunk.
The skunk, she later told The Dodo, was "exhausted, dehydrated and likely would have perished by nightfall had they not intervened."
And then Wilczak did what she's been doing best for decades: She gave this ailing animal a second chance at life.
"I took the baby home, cut the clear plastic collar away from her, gave her fresh water, fruits, scrambled eggs and kibble along with security in the form of a quiet den box with a heating pad inside," she explains.