Wildlife camera in Arizona catches acrobatic skunk doing handstand

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Wildlife Camera Captures Skunk Doing a Handstand


KTLA -- A rare glimpse into the acrobatic antics of the spotted skunk was captured by the National Park Service at the Saguaro National Park in Arizona.

The video, recorded by a wildlife camera in Happy Valley, showed a spotted skunk walking on its hands, according to a post on the U.S. Department of Interior's Instagram account.

While the behavior may seem bizarre, it is actually quite normal and not a particularly good sign for anyone standing too close.

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It's commonly known that most skunks will spray "a strong unpleasant scent as a form of self-defense," according to the post.

But, unlike other skunks, spotted skunks take their self-preservation a step further and will sometimes go into a handstand in an "attempt to intimidate any would be aggressors," the post stated.

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