When I left home this morning, I got about a quarter-mile down the road and went around a slight curve. There on the side of the road I saw something that I immediately recognized yet had never seen before. It was an interesting sensation.
There in the light of my truck's headlights, on the roadside I saw the undersides of two bushy white tails pointing straight at the sky.
Not one, but two skunks in full battle mode, and I was right in their kill zone.
I swerved to the far side of the road, but it's very narrow county road and there isn't much room to swerve. I only caught a little collateral damage. It wasn't too bad. Actually I've been through worse, when it comes to skunks.
I don't know what set them off, because they seemed to be going at it before I got there and I just got caught in the crossfire.
But seeing those two tails pointing straight up was...like I said, an interesting sensation. I had never seen a skunk that close up from that end before.
UPDATE: I thought I might add...back in my younger days when I spent winters trapping, I occasionally caught a skunk. So I have been much closer than this to skunks, without the protection of a vehicle, but I always approached them from the "safe" end. Of course I had to dispatch the skunk and remove it from the trap. This always meant the trap had to be retired for the season, of course.