SK: Skunks Digest, Vol 40, Issue 3

Mark Mazzei mmazzei at boonshoftmuseum.org
Mon May 12 07:42:33 PDT 2008


Thank you for that response Lisa. I posted the original message and was not
surprised but a bit disappointed by the anti-zoo feelings. I assume none of
the responders looked into what organization I am with and so know little of
the level of care we provide but we are an indoor zoo setting. We exhibit
native Ohio species and also use many of the animals in programming. Our
mammals in particular get a very high level of interaction with staff on a
daily basis. In general our animals exceed there wild and captive lifespan
and we have access to veterinary care that is without the restraints of
cost. But I am responding not really to defend my institution but rather to
agree with Lisa that none of these animals are in there normal wild setting
and so without seeing for oneself the living situation of any skunk in
particular it is impossible to say what the quality of care is. I am sure
there are home owners that provide better care than we do but also that we
provide better care than many home owners. 

Lastly, I want to mention that I know in emails it is easy to misinterpret
ones tone. I want to assure all that I have enjoyed the lively discussion
and am not writing this with any hostility. Just thought I would through my
two cents in. 

Mark 
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Today's Topics:

   1. Re: Skunks in home or wild?? (lisanjoe)
   2. Re: Skunks in home or wild?? (LISA Miller)
   3. Re: Skunks in home or wild?? (SkunkLady2 at aol.com)
   4. Re: Skunk wanted (Amy)
   5. Re: Skunk wanted (SkunkLady2 at aol.com)
   6. Re: Skunks in home or wild?? (Vicki Ellis)
   7. Re: Skunks in home or wild?? (dominique durbin)
   8. Re: Skunk wanted (Amy)


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Message: 1
Date: Sun, 11 May 2008 19:25:56 -0400
From: "lisanjoe" <joenlisa42 at bellsouth.net>
Subject: Re: SK: Skunks in home or wild??
To: <Skunks at rdwarf.com>
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I can't get back to the group page, so hoped to have this posted through
this email if it's possible.
  



I don't like to think of animals caged improperly or cared for improperly,
however,I couldn't help but respond to this with a reality check. It is
totally unfair to judge facilities based on the statement " Skunks belong
EITHER in the wild OR in a loving caring home". The true fact is that they
(and every other domestic animal) BELONG in the wild only.  We choose to
domesticate them and put them into our homes but that doesn't mean they
automatically belong there. It's very hypocritical to start ranting about
them not belonging in cages or at zoos, when they also don't belong in our
homes by the same arguement. I'm not anti skunk for pet (or any other
animals) I just couldn't stand to see everyone justifying what they do with
a former wild species by deciding that it's right, while trashing zoo's etc.
Bottom line? Animals only belong in the wild. Any where else that we put
them is unnatural, and that includes cuddling with us in our beds and riding
around in our cars. At leas
 t try to keep it real guys.
                                -Lisa-

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Message: 2
Date: Sun, 11 May 2008 18:25:25 -0700 (PDT)
From: LISA Miller <elfnlisa at yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: SK: Skunks in home or wild??
To: "Friends and fans of skunks." <skunks at rdwarf.com>
Message-ID: <450675.16463.qm at web84002.mail.mud.yahoo.com>
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Sorry. Istand firm. Woods or loving caring environments. If you look back in
your history book, the native Americans (and some very early settlers) had
skunks as pets. The Indians even revered skunks. Skunks are friendly and
curious?by nature believe it or not (which you probably didn"t know). Thet
have to be VERY ANTAGONIZED in order to spray. There"s a whole family of
them in my shrubs right aside of my porch. I have sat out many a night
observing them. Some of them even came right up to me, looked at me, sniffed
my shoes, and waddled away. Oh, and F.Y.I., I am keeping it real. Are you?


----- Original Message ----
From: lisanjoe <joenlisa42 at bellsouth.net>
To: Skunks at rdwarf.com
Sent: Sunday, May 11, 2008 7:25:56 PM
Subject: Re: SK: Skunks in home or wild??

I can't get back to the group page, so hoped to have this posted through
this email if it's possible.
? 



I don't like to think of animals caged improperly or cared for improperly,
however,I couldn't help but respond to this with a reality check. It is
totally unfair to judge facilities based on the statement " Skunks belong
EITHER in the wild OR in a loving caring home". The true fact is that they
(and every other domestic animal) BELONG in the wild only.? We choose to
domesticate them and put them into our homes but that doesn't mean they
automatically belong there. It's very hypocritical to start ranting about
them not belonging in cages or at zoos, when they also don't belong in our
homes by the same arguement. I'm not anti skunk for pet (or any other
animals) I just couldn't stand to see everyone justifying what they do with
a former wild species by deciding that it's right, while trashing zoo's etc.
Bottom line? Animals only belong in the wild. Any where else that we put
them is unnatural, and that includes cuddling with us in our beds and riding
 around in our cars. At least try to keep it real guys.
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? -Lisa-
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Message: 3
Date: Sun, 11 May 2008 21:31:34 EDT
From: SkunkLady2 at aol.com
Subject: Re: SK: Skunks in home or wild??
To: skunks at rdwarf.com
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In a message dated 5/11/2008 9:29:18 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
elfnlisa at yahoo.com writes:

> If you look back in your history book, the native Americans (and some very

> early settlers) had skunks as pets. The Indians even revered skunks.

The skunk is the ONLY All American housepet....all others were imported at 
some time in our history.....well, not snakes, lizards, etc.

Shelor


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Message: 4
Date: Mon, 12 May 2008 03:03:42 +0000
From: "Amy" <AWLARK at bellsouth.net>
Subject: Re: SK: Skunk wanted
To: "Friends and fans of skunks." <skunks at rdwarf.com>,	"Friends and
	fans of skunks." <skunks at rdwarf.com>
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I would love to find a domesticated skunk for a pet and I live in the
SouthEast.  Does anyone have any advice?
-------------- Original message from Jane Arney <jnrny at att.net>:
-------------- 


> I want a pet skunk as a companion for my cat. I've been trying everywhere
to 
> find you! Are you in Michigan? 
> 
> 
> ----- Original Message ---- 
> From: "SkunkLady2 at aol.com" 
> To: skunks at rdwarf.com 
> Sent: Friday, May 9, 2008 1:12:42 PM 
> Subject: Re: SK: Skunk wanted 
> 
> In a message dated 5/9/2008 9:50:42 AM Eastern Daylight Time, toot at uga.edu

> writes: 
> 
> > healthy skunks here at UGA and they are very happy,playful, and live
many 
> > many yrs. 
> 
> To what purpose? Research? 
> 
> Shelor 
> 
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Message: 5
Date: Sun, 11 May 2008 23:29:05 EDT
From: SkunkLady2 at aol.com
Subject: Re: SK: Skunk wanted
To: skunks at rdwarf.com
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In a message dated 5/11/2008 11:04:14 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
AWLARK at bellsouth.net writes:

> SouthEast. 

Ruby Farms is the premiere breeder of healthy, beautiful, loving domestic 
skunks of all colors.  Presuming you are in a legal state, they will ship to
your 
largest airport...641-672-2067....but I strongly suggest driving to Iowa, 
interacting with all the kits available and letting YOUR skunk kit pick 
YOU....that is chemistry at work and it can't be beat for a great
relationship.

Shelor


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Message: 6
Date: Mon, 12 May 2008 08:09:30 -0400 (EDT)
From: Vicki Ellis <toot at uga.edu>
Subject: Re: SK: Skunks in home or wild??
To: "Friends and fans of skunks." <skunks at rdwarf.com>
Message-ID: <20080512080930.ODB53340 at punts4.cc.uga.edu>
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EXACTLY
VICKI ELLIS RLAT
UGA LIFE SCIENCE BLDG
"Life is like a coin. You can spend it anyway you wish, but you can only
spend it once."



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Message: 7
Date: Mon, 12 May 2008 05:52:41 -0700 (PDT)
From: dominique durbin <driller_dominique at yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: SK: Skunks in home or wild??
To: "Friends and fans of skunks." <skunks at rdwarf.com>
Message-ID: <983797.59203.qm at web55009.mail.re4.yahoo.com>
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Skunklaw will donate and sponsor a baby skunk to your zoo if you will work
out a deal with us to show it in a suitable environment that can be used for
our campaign to legalize pet skunks in states where they are currently
banned. 
(If you did not know most skunk bans can be traced to rabies cases caused by
bats and blamed on skunks before certain modern DNA and specific strain
testing technologies were available.)
We need?to show that a properly cared for skunk is not a threat to human or
other pet health. More zoos should have skunks. The over all impact is best
for outlook and treatment of all skunks, domestic and wild. 
Dom?



 
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Message: 8
Date: Mon, 12 May 2008 13:14:50 +0000
From: "Amy" <awlark at bellsouth.net>
Subject: Re: SK: Skunk wanted
To: "Friends and fans of skunks." <skunks at rdwarf.com>,
	skunks at rdwarf.com
Cc: SkunkLady2 at aol.com
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thanks for the information.  That is about an 18 hour drive.  I was hoping
to find something a little more local. 
-------------- Original message from SkunkLady2 at aol.com: -------------- 


> In a message dated 5/11/2008 11:04:14 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
> AWLARK at bellsouth.net writes: 
> 
> > SouthEast. 
> 
> Ruby Farms is the premiere breeder of healthy, beautiful, loving domestic 
> skunks of all colors. Presuming you are in a legal state, they will ship
to 
> your 
> largest airport...641-672-2067....but I strongly suggest driving to Iowa, 
> interacting with all the kits available and letting YOUR skunk kit pick 
> YOU....that is chemistry at work and it can't be beat for a great
relationship. 
> 
> Shelor 
> 
> 
> ************** 
> Wondering what's for Dinner Tonight? Get new twists on 
> family favorites at AOL Food. 
> 
> (http://food.aol.com/dinner-tonight?NCID=aolfod00030000000001) 
> _______________________________________________ 
> Skunks maillist - Skunks at rdwarf.com 
> To unsubscribe: http://www.rdwarf.com/mailman/listinfo/skunks 

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