Yes, a pet skunk. And yes, he’s entirely adorable. While I love being a pet photographer in Cedar Falls, it’s not often that I get to photograph a baby skunk – and I loved every second of it. Did you know that Iowa is one of the few states where you can legally keep a skunk as a pet?
While the first imagine most people have about a skunk includes the “smell” that these cute little guys are known for, domesticated skunks have the scent gland removed. Since the pet will be kept inside and away from predators, the need for their scented defense system isn’t necessary. (Though, similar to declawing cats, there’s still argument whether this is a good practice.)
Skunks also require a relatively strict diet as pets. Unlike many other domesticated pets which can be fed the same food, day-to-day, skunks thrive under a varied diet including lean protein, vegetables, and some fruits. Pet skunks will have issues digesting processed foods.
However, all of these “downsides” aren’t enough to detract from a skunk’s playful personality. These pets are known to be loyal, extremely curious, loving, and playful.
Plus, they’re just downright adorable. Look at this baby skunk as he finds a new family!