We all have those moments in life where we need to step up to the challenge, no matter how potentially scary or dangerous that challenge might be.
A couple weeks ago, a man in Orillia found himself in a situation that is not particularly dangerous, but certainly is not one most people would want to be in. He spotted a skunk running around with a Coca Cola can stuck on its head. Like any decent person would, he stepped up to help the skunk free itself. I don’t know if you’ve ever been sprayed by a skunk, but it’s most unpleasant. I haven’t personally, but I was around when my dad and the family dogs were. My dad immediately stripped out of his clothes and left them sitting outside for an entire winter. I don’t know if he even bothered trying to wear them again after they reappeared in the spring thaw, but boy they were unpleasant in the immediate aftermath.
Anyway, have a look at what this guy says is the bravest moment of his life – fortunately he captured it on camera to share with folks:
As you can see, he’s able to successfully free the skunk, AND do so without getting sprayed… Though the skunk sure did look rattled as it ran away. If you’re wondering how it managed to get its head stuck in a Coke can, the video description says that it was not a can from the recycling, but rather a fat can used with the barbecue.
I think most (or all) of us would react with panic when confronted by a skunk, but this next video shows that they’re not always a threat:
Now the skunk in that first video seemed to want no part of the guy who saved it, which makes me think it’s just a wee bit ungrateful. Whether that’s a quality any animal is capable of, I don’t know. When you look at this next one, though, you’ll see that skunks DO possess the ability to show gratitude.
Or at least, gratitude is implied by the caption. In all reality, it very well could have been the skunk trying to size up the guy and figure out the best way to spray him. I guess we’ll never know. But I’m curious how it got its head stuck in multiple things. Kinda reminds me of this guy:
Probably slightly less scary than freeing a skunk with something stuck on its head is freeing a fox in a similar predicament. I only say that because foxes don’t have the ability to make us smell absolutely putrid with the lift of a tail:
But from the looks of it, foxes (or baby ones at least) DO have the capacity to show gratitude. Watch this one hang around a little while after, as if to say thanks:
So, if you came across a skunk in this situation, do you think you’d be brave enough to help it out?