National Geographic : 1955 Aug
283 Blind but Far from Defenseless, a Baby Skunk Aims His Gas Gun at an Intruder Two large glands under the tail, each with its own duct, provide the skunk with a double-barreled weapon. Firing its potent yellow fluid by muscular contraction, the adult animal possesses a deadly aim at 10 feet-farther if a "tail" wind blows favorably. When a flashbulb exploded, photographer Fox obtained this rare photograph of a two-week-old skunk, too young to spray but able to emit a sulphurous odor, showing resentment at being disturbed. Brothers and sisters, unaware of the episode, sleep blissfully. + Hustling from the den, mother skunk retrieves a month-old baby that wandered out on a sight-seeing safari.