"Skunk"

 

David Normal:

 

The skunk is the Mujahideen of the animal kingdom.  Much stronger animals live in dread of the stink bomb that only the lowly skunk can release. Yet the skunk is an amiable, well mannered creature when undisturbed. I know because I have let skunks into my house before and they have never caused any problem, they only help themselves to my cat's food and then leave quietly. It makes one wonder how preyed upon they have been to have evolved such a ruthless self defense.

 

Image taken from page 42 of '[Our Earth and its Story: a popular treatise on physical geography. Edited by R. Brown. With ... coloured plates and maps, etc.]' Collection of the British Library.

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