Earlier this year, a woman heard screaming coming from an open post hole and discovered a young skunk, wet, muddy and shivering, trapped in the hole.
She managed to extract the skunk and brought him to Lindsay Wildlife Experience, where it was learned he had hypothermia and wounds on his head, probably from an encounter with a larger predator.
Muddy skunk rescued from a post hole. (Courtesy of Lindsay Wildlife Museum)
Dr. Allison Daugherty with Lindsay’s medical team treated the youngster for his wounds, but later had to amputate part of the skunk’s tail. He was placed in home care and received careful attention by a seasoned volunteer until he healed and was well enough to return to the wild.
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After three months of care, the skunk was released into the Oakland hills, far from the hole he originally fell into.
Officials at Lindsay say this feel-good, success story would not have been possible without the donations made to Lindsay every year. The contributions allow Lindsay to buy crucial medical supplies and equipment, provide home-care volunteers with food and medicine for the injured animals, and assist with costs associated with releasing healed animals back into their natural lives.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle