Wishing You a Very Merry National Skunk Day

Time to smellabrate!

National Skunk Day is today, June 14.

And that’s nothing to sniff at.

Who nose how this odoriferous occasion got its humble beginnings. Maybe by someone whiff a scents of humor.

In honor of this great holiday, Coast & Canyon Wildlife made a special video of Oreo, the famous behbeh skunkersons!

Thanks for the warning, Kim and Marcia at Coast & Canyon Wildlife!



  1. Cambridge Rat Mom says:

    Channeling NTMTOM. Wonderful. And what a sweet little Oreo.

  2. Aw. So odorable.

  3. 260Oakley says:

    I believe this holiday was first mentioned by Thomas Paine in his pamphlet “Common Scents.”

  4. 260Oakley says:

    …but I can’t remember if that was before or after the Battle of Skunker Hill.

  5. One Skunk Todd says:

    I’m One Skunk Todd and I approve of this holiday. 🙂

  6. Kim at Coast & Canyon says:

    Thanks Cute Overload for posting our little Oreo! He came into the rehabilitation facility a year ago as an orphaned baby skunklet and normally he would have been released by now but he has some health issues. We’re hoping he’ll improve and he’ll be able to go back to the wild but for now he’s a happy little guy, even though he’s terrified of the baby skunks we have right now. To see more of Oreo and the other sweet orphaned babies currently in our care, check out our Facebook page (link is right under the video above). We post a photo every day ~ all sweetness, never anything that’s disturbing to animal lovers. Thank you!

  7. Sending warm hugs and energy to you all for the blessed and amazing work you do!

  8. Keep ’em comin’ Oakley!

  9. Bless Kim at Coast and Canyon for her wonderful work! Sorry I can’t think of any skunk puns–though they were almost as good as the pics and video.

    But I think I “smell” a winner. 😉

  10. Now that’s stinkin’ cute! 😉

    (BTW, I kept automatically moving my head away every time Oreo turned his bootie to the camera!)

  11. such TINY ear nubbins! gimme!

  12. I second that! Thanks for taking care of all these critters!

  13. Fird Birfle says:

    Were you raised in a verreh strictly religious household, Zippy??

  14. Fird Birfle says:

    tracylee, I’m beginning to think that your SPECIFIC addiction is to tha earses specifically, rather than to doggehs or kittehs ….

  15. Theresa says:

    All together now– stinkin’, stinkin’ cute!!!

  16. Fird Birfle says:

    your final statement works jist FOINE, fur a pun. 🙂

  17. Fird Birfle says:

    OMG — @ Kim — did I read that correctly?? Oreo is *skeered* of the bebbeh skunklets?????

    *Goes to the nearest baby supplies store and buys everything cuddly and all the stuffed toys they have in stock*

    *mails entire pkg to Oreo c/o Kim*

  18. It’s also Flag Day but let’s not run this little guy up the flagpole. There really is something unbearably adorable about skunk kits.

  19. Theresa says:

    PS: Hovertext–
    “You reeka!” BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

  20. Fird Birfle says:

    @ 260: WHAM BANG !!!

  21. Fird Birfle says:

    ooooooooooooo now THAT’s tres elegant!!!

    I must not be smart, ‘cuz I di-unt see that one, comin’ !!!

    *awards a pink, rhinestoned computer mousie to Nikki*

  22. Theresa says:


  23. Fird Birfle says:

    YAY you and I are on the same channel. I was just about to post this. When I link directly to its main source, it’s a fairly large image, so just be prepared.

  24. No, just tryin’ to avoid the, erm, stinkbomb . . . just in case it tries to come through the screen from the intertubes!

  25. And really, top props to Coast and Canyon for choosing such a great song for Oreo’s video gladness!

  26. Fird Birfle says:


    U. !!!!!

    ( but, in a GOOD way!!! REALLY!!!)

  27. emmberrann says:

    Yup, Kar, I agree – skunks are not bears at all.

  28. THis is so exciting… we currently have two teenager skunks living under our barn. They are so adorable… as long as you give them lots of room and don’t scare them. They run around the barn in the evening before heading off to forage and come back in the early morning to tuck themselves back to bed in their den which is an old ground squirrel den.

  29. gail pierson (bunny) says:

    I’ll never look at a double stuff Oreo the same way again! Absolutely adorableness abounds! 🙂

  30. Ooh thank you Fird! It’s so fancy!

  31. Healing thoughts for Oreo are speeding across the planet to you!

  32. Pom poms waving! Yay Theresa!

  33. but… but… the earses are the best part!

    (other than eyebrow dots, but it’s way more difficult [and funny-looking] to nibble on those)

  34. My favorite bit is where the singing switches to whistling as Oreo goes gamboling across the screen. What a happy lil’ skunk!

  35. That is so sweet of you, KA, to welcome them, when most people think they are pests! I have a groundhog that lives in my backyard, and everytime I tell people how tickled I am when I see him, they look at me like I’m nuts.

  36. I did the same thing Zippy! No worries. And then I remembered it was a video. *blush*

  37. Theresa says:

    Special Black and White pompoms for today. 😀

  38. Theresa says:

    I wanna see!

  39. Theresa says:

    PS: Attention, in other skunk news: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie referred to a certain political party as “skunks as a garden party.” My heart swelled with pride and joy!! 😀

  40. I started watching and thought wow, this skunk is angry or defensive, then I noticed that it was all just play. Funny how my thoughts instantly went from “Uh,..no” to *squeeeee* “Must rubb deh bellies!!”

  41. Ummm…I’m not gonna ask you to share this time around. You can have the lil guy all to yourself.

    BUT! BUT! Tracy I just saw a potential beau for Ms. Schnozz. Unless Schnozzie prefers Goldens like Shakti.

  42. Good luck, Oreo! And thanks to your lovely human helpers.

  43. dgerish says:

    *golf clap*

  44. Flowers !

  45. noellesbootcutkittenpants says:

    Skunks really, truly are so freaking cute.

  46. I know a lot of people don’t like skunks and try to chase them away but we have a couple rummaging in our back yard almost every evening and most of the time there is no smell at all or it’s very faint and I find I don’t mind it too much.

  47. noellesbootcutkittenpants says:

    I love the way he runs around with his tail up high in the air! Although from the back, it looked a bit like one of Tina Turner’s wigs. 🙂

  48. sleekityin says:

    Oreo? Mais non, surely ees nem should be Pepé Le Pew?

  49. 🙂 I will attempt to get pictures and such and post on the Kitty Adventures website this weekend. THey are fast and you have to catch them at just the right time.

  50. and they are very beneficial to your garden they eat all kinds of garden pests like snails and such and OMG adorableness abounds. and yep they have very little scent unless they spray!

  51. Mary (the first) says:


  52. Mary (the first) says:

    I agree! The music was the second best part!!

  53. Mary (the first) says:

    My favorite part was about :50 when he was skeered/wrasslin with the red flowers from the tree! omg so funny!

  54. ooooh who is this potential beau??
    & she does have a crush on a Golden in my neighborhood!

  55. phred's mom says:

    Lawd, Oakley is GOOD!

  56. Woo-hoo!

  57. phred's mom says:

    We had skunks get into our cellar one February and engage in, um, noisy
    4play, etc.. Among other activities, they sprayed. Not cute for several days.

  58. phred's mom says:

    …in the middle of the night, no less.

  59. Skunklet! I love the toim ‘skunklet’. You can say i have no scents, but I ❤ skunks.

  60. How do you know they are teenagers? Are they acting all unimpressed and sporting new piercings?

  61. phred's mom says:

    do they text?

  62. noellesbootcutkittenpants says:

    Do they have green and pink stripes in their fur?

  63. My thanks as well for looking after the little wild ones! Please throw Oreo a kiss for me.

  64. Are they rolling their eyes and snorting disdainfully?

  65. Kim at Coast & Canyon says:

    Yes Fird! Oreo is super skeered! We have a photo on our Facebook page of when he was introduced to the first baby of the season. Oreo screamed and ran away! We think he was afraid one of them was going to steal his spotlight. He’s a little bit of a diva 🙂

  66. Theresa says:

    “Wigs”?!! What do you mean “wigs”???!

  67. Theresa says:

    Are they cramming for SATs?

  68. lds7yrs says:

    There is a skunk that lives around the apartment building I live in. I am a very “live and let live” kind of a person… my only fear is that she and I are going to startle each other one morning as I head out to work… 😯

  69. Theresa says:

    Are they pretending to be totally over Justin Bieber?

  70. Are they pretending they don’t know you when out in public?

  71. Theresa says:

    Do they have fake IDs?

  72. Theresa says:

    Oh no, moderated! Pass the tater tots!

  73. Theresa says:

    Well where and when should they get it on? High noon in Macy’s window? 😀

  74. ???

  75. 6rabbits says:

    Bambi ref! 🙂

  76. Theresa says:

    Still here! Pass the Dippin’ Dots!

  77. It was another greyhound.. He was gorgeous 🙂 I didn’t get his name though 😦

  78. Fird Birfle says:

    ohhhhoooooooooo pooor widdle Oweooooooooo…….

    *goes for counseling session*

  79. kodalai says:

    I seem to recall that skunks usually do a little warning dance before they let loose, so you’ll probably be OK…

  80. phred's mom says:

    the major bigtime stinkyness woke us up and lingered more
    than a week throughout the entire house. I did a number with
    metal mesh around the foundation and sent the skunkies to
    the Poconos. They sent a postcard of the heart-shaped hot tub.
    Gotta love ’em. Outside.

  81. phred's mom says:

    probably wouldn’t turn many heads if they did, these days.

  82. Theresa says:

    I realized after I posted it that the answer was probably, “Yeah, if it’s not in my cellar.” 😉

  83. Theresa says:

    Do they not know when to shut up? Oh wait, that’s me.

  84. A cheeky skunk visited my tent in the middle of the night and had a good snoop around. It ignored me when I sat up to see what it was. I just watched and waited. Little rascal left after a few minutes. It scuffled along and I heard it go into the next tent, and the next. Little skunkersons making the rounds. I hoped to hear someone scream, but didn’t happen. Nobody mentioned it and I didn’t tell anyone until after the trip.

  85. phred's mom says:

    Theresa, When I read your reply, I figured you were a city denizen
    and had no personal contact with these cuties. I said, “easy
    for her to say”. The odor permeated ALL our closets and
    furniture. We hung stuff outside and left windows open as
    much as we could (in February, in North Jersey- we were
    desperate.) Took a while, since they had used us as their
    lovenest on several nights. The rascals! If they come back
    I will sic the Phanatic on ’em. That should do it; his green
    fur is reputed to be escentually pretty gamy. Still love you,
    Theresa. But not the Mets.

  86. phred's mom says:

    Perfectly handled, Pyrit.
    I’ve had them visit on a camping trip, too,
    all you can do is quietly watch with
    fingers and toes crossed. They’re
    mellow if you are. Usually.

  87. When I lived in fair suburban Toronto, there was a skunk who had it in for me. I worked nights and usually left my windows open because everyone else in the building had personal thermostats set to “South Pole” in summer and “Death Valley” the rest of the year, and I wound up with skunk smell in my apartment nearly every night. Either there was one skunk with a vendetta or some very slow-learning neighborhood dogs/cats,

    The best part was one fine summer evening when I was dining al fresco at an Israeli restaurant a couple of miles away and suddenly smelled…skunk. I’m pretty sure he/she followed me just to make a point. Not sure what that point would be…

  88. Cute little stinker.

    (someone had to say it.)