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June 10, 2011

Moment of Release for Nine Skunks

The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center releases the first nine of 35 orphaned skunks the center raised this spring

The Humane Society of the United States / The Fund for Animals

  • The moment of release for a young skunk raised by the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center. Stacey Parker/The HSUS

  • Fund for Animals Wildlife Center staff prep the two-month old skunks for release into the wild. Stacey Parker/The HSUS

  • A young skunk races along a tunnel towards her new habitat. Stacey Parker/The HSUS

  • The skunks explore their new habitat in Southern California. Stacey Parker/The HSUS

  • “The area where we released them, by a stream, is just beautiful,” said Christine Barton . Stacey Parker/The HSUS

The first batch of 35 orphaned baby skunks now being cared for at the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center was released back into the Southern California mountains on June 3.

The nine skunks were about two months old, and had shown they were capable of hunting food for themselves, said Christine Barton, senior wildlife caretaker at the Wildlife Center in Ramona, Calif.

“The area where we released them, by a stream, is just beautiful,” Barton said.

For the record, nobody got sprayed during the trip or during the release. The skunks scurried away from their temporary human caretakers as fast as they could.

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