An Arkansas Walmart had better roll back the dollar signs before a certain stripe-backed intruder turns their price stickers into price stinkers.
Social distancing got you down? Welcome to this guy's world! That said, skunks are pretty much the poster species for NOT getting up close and personal if you know what we mean, and we think you do. The feeling is mutual, even though people – well, MOST people – don't pack the olfactory punch of America's unchallenged sultan of stink, the not-so-humble Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis).
Skunks are typically shy creatures who usually employ their infamous and odious spray as a last resort, say, if the guy or gal ahead of them is about to snap up the store's last remaining example of a longed-for electronic device. Don't be that guy or gal... your knack for sniffin' out a great deal will only get you so far.
Native to all 48 contiguous states, the Striped Skunk is truly an American beast so it's really no surprise one was spotted er, wait, that's not right... let's go with “seen” roaming about an Arkansas (or New Orleans, above) Walmart. Skunks gotta skunk and odds are, none of the creature's usual predators (such as cougars, coyotes, bobcats, badgers, foxes, eagles, and owls) can get past a Walmart greeter without being challenged to show a store receipt.
In any case, the skunk caught on camera as it browsed the electronics department definitely presented a conundrum for the management: left unmolested, it could return in the company of friends and/or family. Molesting it – in a good way, of course – could expose the “molesters” to the aforementioned odoriferous blast and/or a serious case of rabies, of which skunks are a leading carrier. Heh, and Walmart shoppers thought all they had to worry about was the 'rona. (images via People of Walmart and UFCW International Union)