HOW TO CATCH A SKUNK By Robert Hewett Sr.



We read it in print, my brother and me,

Skunks make wonderful pets for all to see.

The one in the magazine was descented.

I seriously doubt the skunk had consented.

It seemed like a fun summer adventure,

We knew just how we would catch this creature..

A skunk has two ways to escape its lair

We had a plan to capture him right there.

My brother was twelve and I was just eight,

We planned to go there right after we ate.

A burlap sack and dog Tip, was our plan

To catch this skunk quickly by our own hand.

Our really great plan was fully thought out.

All angles explored and bandied about.

Tip would bark and dig one end of the lair

We would wait at the other hole with care.

The plan was so simple, it could not fail

My job was to just grab hold of its tail,

Hold it down so that he wouldn’t spray

As my brother quickly stuffed him away.

Our perfect plan was now working real good.

Tip was barking and digging, we knew he would.

The pitter patter of the skunk’s fast feet,

Told us that our plan was nearly complete.

His Tail came out, then his hopping hind feet.

I pulled his furry tail down, it felt neat.

Everything was going just as we planned

Until he turned, trying to bite my hand.

I let go and ran fast to Dad in the field

Skunk sprayed my brother’s face full while he kneeled.

My brother still stuffed the skunk in the sack

Shook his head and brought the skunk and sack back.

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Alexander Mark 4 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

Your brother's a trooper! Did you make into a pet or were you forced to let it go?

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ROBERTHEWETTSR 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

We kept it for 2 or 3 weeks in a wire cage under a tree. Unfortunately, the cage had no floor and when he decided it was time to go back to the woods he tunneled out and was gone. He never tried to spray us while in captivity. We fed him birds and mice and crickets. Thanks for stopping by. Robert

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Ouch! Your brother is a trooper! Entertaining read my friend! I enjoyed it!

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ROBERTHEWETTSR 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thanks Audrey, He was very adept in the woods and later as a military officer, serving tours of duty in Korea and Viet Nam. He passed on in June of 2009. I sure miss our telephone chats. Robert

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I'll bet! My sister and I are still really close, and I wish we lived closer than we do--

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peachpurple 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

thanks for the wonderful hub. I didn't know skunk could be kept as a pet. Awesome! Voted up

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ROBERTHEWETTSR 3 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thank you PeachPurple and also for the follow. I will be over to visit your site in a few days.

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