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Date:9/30/2014 11:26:13 PM
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Hi everyone! Today we will meet Murphy, our year old education skunk. He was actually born last May, so he's a little over a year old. He was purchased from a breeder to guarantee that he's at least 7 generations out of the wild and doesn't carry rabies. He has been getting spoiled for over a year now, and has gone on countless education programs and information table outings. Murphy is popular with all the people who see him! Of course, he has had the anal glands with the smelly stuff removed, but he still has a musky odor if he gets wet. Did you know that skunks are their own family of animals? People used to place them in the mustelid group with weasels, ferrets, and others. Now, though, scientists have decided there are enough differences between them that skunks form their own group, the mephites. This group includes striped (Murphy) and spotted skunks. In the wild, skunks eat about 70% insects and grubs, including bees, but at the center, Murphy gets chicken for his protein, and wild skunks which are treated there get pet food until they leave. Skunks are omnivores, so Murphy and his wild cousins also get a variety of fruits and vegetables, along with earthworms or mealies occasionally. He'll actually eat Milk Bones when he's out and about. Murphy is a lot of fun to take in public! Here's a vote and hug from me, also fun, Willie
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