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Watch: Skunk does handstand, 'dances' for camera

Published: Thursday, November 05, 2015 @ 10:28 AM
Updated: Thursday, November 05, 2015 @ 12:09 PM
By: Samantha Jordan - News 965 - Orlando

This little skunk's dance moves may be cute but he's definitely got his game face on. 

Footage captured over the summer at Saguaro National Park in Arizona shows a spotted skunk doing a handstand and appearing to dance around in front of a wildlife camera. But according to the Huffington Post, he wasn't trying to show off. He was trying to be intimidating.

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Spotted skunks "are capable of spraying a strong unpleasant scent as a form of defense. But before spraying, spotted skunks will sometimes go into a handstand and attempt to intimidate any would-be aggressors like this skunk is doing with the wildlife camera," the U.S. Department of the Interior, wrote in the photo's caption on Instagram.

Since no one was actually manning the wildlife camera, the skunk may have mistaken it for an enemy and was getting prepared for battle.

Click the image below to watch the video.

You never know what you are going to see at America’s #publiclands. Case in point: A spotted skunk doing a handstand at #Saguaro National Park in #Arizona. This strange interaction was captured by Saguaro’s wildlife camera in Happy Valley. Like the other three groups of skunks, spotted #skunks are capable of spraying a strong unpleasant scent as a form of defense. But before spraying, spotted skunks will sometimes go into a handstand and attempt to intimidate any would be aggressors like this skunk is doing with the #wildlife camera. Video by #NationalPark Service.

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