skunks in the 'hood!
There was a ring at the doorbell early this morning; it was our neighbor, telling me that his roofers, looking down from the roof, had noticed a skunk in a trash can. This being a beach city in CA, the can in question (not used for trash) is about 5 feet from my front door. Animal control arrived, and the gas-masked officer removed the offender, but not before he had discharged his payload.
This has happened before. Same neighbor's dog caught a skunk at their back door in the middle of the night. Dog heard something and went out the dog door to investigate and WHAM! Poor beast took a direct hit. The dog is at the kennel during the roofing project, so maybe the skunk felt bold.
Other than keeping all the doors and windows closed, anything we can do to minimize the odor? I don't know what's happening to the trash can -- I am afraid to go outside, and I'm sure no one will want to touch it for a while.
Oh, and the parakeet keeps repeating, "Stinky!" which, by coincidence, is one of his favorite words anyway. Ugh! I feel ill.