National Geographic : 1955 Aug
291 Emil Edgren, International News Photos San Francisco Traffic Gives Wide Berth to a "Headless" Skunk Roaming the Streets His head caught inside a tin can, this unhappy creature wandered in circles until an SPCA agent removed the headgear. Much to the agent's relief, the animal proved to be a de-scented pet. put to keep their stomachs comfortably filled. At this time in the life cycle the mother skunk's constant search for food takes her abroad during daylight, though she prefers to hunt only at night. Snakes, grasshoppers, crayfish, beetles-an endless variety is pre sented the youngsters. At six weeks the young began making short forays with their mother and spent some hours each day frolicking like kittens at the den entrance. Soon their education began. They learned how to smell where the fool ish turtle left such a strong scent while laying her eggs and how to dig them out with stubby, powerful front paws. Side trips were made to the marsh for frogs, and an argument was likely to ensue as to who was entitled to what (page 285). They left their naked paw prints where min nows had been trapped by receding waters, and they learned which stumps were rotten enough to house beetles and insect larvae.