How It Works

35 Skunks can spray up to three metres

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Well known for their stinky defence mechanism, skunks strike fear into the hearts of their adversarie­s due to their ability to spray a pungent chemical compound from their behinds. It’s a gross defence system that is highly effective in warding off predators. When threatened these black-and-white beasts puff up their bodies and stomp, raising their tails as a countdown to them launching a non-toxic but foulsmelli­ng liquid containing compounds of thiols. This defence is thought to be a skunk’s last resort, as it takes around ten days to refill the internal sacs carrying the liquid. Due to its high sulphur content this liquid presents a smell reminiscen­t of rotten eggs so strong it has been known to cause human eyes to water, noses to run and even cause vomiting.

 ??  ?? Untreated, the smell of skunk spray can last 14 to 21 days
Untreated, the smell of skunk spray can last 14 to 21 days

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