Early in the morning, I went outside and down through the alley near my home. I was heading to my van for my regular pre-dawn trip to work. Sometimes I go through the backyard sidewalk, but today I went down the alleyway.
As I moved down the hill, I noticed our neighbors had their light on in their back yard. It was bright and lighted our yard too.
And there on our sidewalk was a cat bounding along.
But then I noticed it was bounding kind of strangely. More like waddling. And it was colored kind of funny too.
White on top. Black on bottom.
… Yep, it was a skunk, and it was zipping right in front of the van.
I hit the lock button on my keys, which activates a gentle honk, a few times to get it to skoot a little faster.
I stood in the alley a little longer and gingerly approached the van. As quick as I could, I dove inside, slammed the door and snapped on the lights.
I started the engine, backed up and zipped away myself.
I didn’t get sprayed. My vehicle didn’t stink, and the lucky little guy got away without being bothered.