Remember last week’s post about a snake in the basement? In that post, I made mention of a skunk in the Man Cave. That’s one good thing about stinky skunks – there is no denying their presence. Country Man placed a trail cam in the shed to catch this striped culprit. Upon reviewing the SD card, it was discovered we weren’t entirely correct in our analysis of this Kitty-food loving creature. It wasn’t fully skunk; not fully cat, either. Whatever do you call this thing?
Let’s start with what we do know:
This is a “normal” Kitty. Normal being completely subjective, of course.
So that’s a normal Kitty, I think.
What was recorded on camera, however, was not like Kitty above.
This particular animal is referred to as a civet cat, also known as coon cat or miner’s cat. Or as I like to say, a Skat. Part cat, part skunk. Not to be confused with “scat”, which is a mountain lion’s #2. More on mountain lions in the near future as well.
How incredibly peculiar is that creature? Now, as an animal lover and huntress, I was a little deterred by this civet cat’s appearance. It’s not fat and square like a skunk … but that is definitely not a normal Kitty’s tail … I just don’t know what to make of it.
Now that we know just what it is that lurks in the Man Cave, the next step is to figure out what to do with the nocturnal thief. This plan has yet to be hatched. Since skats do spray, nobody is volunteering to get close to it.
Except Kitty. What will she do if she comes upon the unwelcomed foe? She’s bigger, that’s for sure. And I doubt she likes sharing her home with a skat. How awful to have a reminder of your weird, estranged family member that you thought was buried in your past when you evolved into such a clean, sophisticated being? You know, the one who comes over uninvited, eats your food, and in the end, leaves a bad smell in your home. Nope, I wouldn’t like it one bit either!
Tune in next week …
Or maybe not. This may not end pretty.