His name is King Leon, in homage to the alternative rock band Kings of Leon. He’s a 5-month-old, black furball with white stripes.
Keili didn’t know it at the time, but skunks can rip out the staples from the surgery and that’s what happened to Butters. She died shortly after the surgery and the family has a tombstone in their backyard in Butters’ memory.
BAY CITY, MI — She owns two parrots and a cat, but 16-year-old Keili Woodruff of Bay City has another pet that causes people to do double takes: a baby skunk.
“It’s like his little cave,” Werth said.
“I would never get another one until I’m retired and am home all the time because you have to give them nonstop attention,” Keili said.
When King Leon is left home alone, he likes to hide all of his toys and other items under Keili’s dad’s bed.
“It’s fun to see people’s reactions,” the Bay City Western High School junior said. “People do double takes all the time.”
Keili said she can teach King Leon to shake, roll over and play dead, but she hasn’t tried yet because he’s really hyper. She’s taking him to the vet in a few weeks to get neutered and said he will calm down after that.
The incident with Butters is why Keili decided to get a male skunk the second time around.
Bay City teen raising unusual pet: a skunk named for Kings of Leon Gallery: A girl’s best friend: Bay City teen raises pet skunk BAY CITY, MI — She owns two parrots and a cat, but
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“She’s fine with other animals. I had one dog and one cat at the time, and that’s fine. You just have to be attentive to raising them when they’re little,” she said.
Snowaert said that once you do get your skunk, be prepared to snuggle.
Snowaert told WWJ’s Kathryn Larson that her little black and white friend gets along great with the other family pets.
GLADSTONE, Mich. (WWJ) – Skunks are becoming the new “it” pet — and while they get a stinky rap, they are apparently rising in popularity.
Joann Snowaert of Gladstone, Michigan said she got her pet skunk, Lilly, a year ago.
“When I got into bed I’d bring her with, and she’d just ball up by my feet. If I’m sitting on the couch, same thing — she’d climb up on the couch and wanna sit with you,” she said,.
Skunks are becoming the new "it" pet — and while they get a stinky rap, they are apparently rising in popularity.