Observed (incredulously) on the street: A skunk in a cup

This is what I did tonight:  I pulled a skunk’s head out of a plastic DQ/Orange Julius cup.  No, I am not kidding.

I was walking home just before 9 p.m. when I heard a rustling in a nearby garden and saw a black and white-striped shape writhing around between some shrubs.  Bizarrely, it was a skunk with said cup — the kind with a snap-on dome lid; see photo below — lodged tightly on its head.

Plastic cup that had a skunk's head stuck in it!

The skunk’s entire head was in this thing, and the lip of the lid was preventing him/her from getting back out.  I have no idea how the skunk managed to get in there, but he/she was clearly stuck and wasn’t going to get out without help.

I couldn’t leave that skunk like that.  So I waited until his/her cup-clad head was facing me, then I held my breath, grabbed the end of the cup, and pulled — gently, at first, then I really had to hold on to match the skunk’s own violent tugs to get out.  After about 20 seconds of good-on pulling, the skunk popped out, turned tail and disappeared.  Without spraying me, I might (thankfully) add.

What a bizarre occurrence.  And a good example of why it’s important to put garbage in the trash bin where it belongs.  Litter like this can be lethal to curious (and hungry) animals.

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One Comment to “Observed (incredulously) on the street: A skunk in a cup”

  1. That’s crazy! Glad you didn’t get sprayed! Poor skunk must have been so happy to be free of the cup!

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