My neighbor put out a trap for the woodchuck living in his woodpile. I was a bit put out because I have been feeding said chuck- he is a real cutie. And that woodpile is the perfect place for him to spend the winter.
Anyway a little baby skunk got stuck in the trap and of course I had to go down and see. Well he was curled up sleeping and when I said "hello" looked up and curled back up as if to say "too early lady, leave me alone"
I got a bright idea that I would open the trap and let him out. Skunks are everywhere, and neighbor can't see the trap from his house- who knows how long the little guy would be stuck in there. Well, he woke up, and started showing me his tail, but he was so young his aim was all bass-ackwards. MISSED.
I got smart then, figured he was out of juice, and couldn't hit the broad side of a barn anyway, and opened the trap right up. I don't know if he had better aim the next time, but WHOOEY- that boy can STINK! I got it on my clothes, in my mouth and hair, and high tailed it home, straight to the shower.
Now 24h later I can still smell skunk on my hands, in my bathroom, on my clothes (they have been through the wash 4 times). I want to share with my allnurse friends- never go near a skunk- even if you think they aren't loaded.
Aug 29, '02
oh canoehead,, that is awful to say the least !! ick
here is a skunk juice recipe that our vet gave us for our dog and it can be used on humans too i believe.
paul krebaum, a chemist a molex, inc. in lisle, il came to the rescue of a colleague whose cat had tangled with a skunk and lost.
the tomato juice bath failed to remove the odor, so the poor cat was banished from the house.
mr. krebaum prescribed a mixture of one quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide, a quarter cup of baking soda and a teaspoonful of liquid soap mixed in an open pan.
bathe the affected pet-or yourself- with the mixture and rinse with plain water. the odor should vanish instantly. the chemicals that impart the vile smell in the skunk's spray combine with the oxygen in the hydrogen peroxide to neutralize the offensive odor. krebaum cautions not to put the mixture in a bottle, because the whole thing would explode.
let me know if you try it, we've never tried it but it must work.
Last edit by mkue on Aug 29, '02