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Spotted skunk raises stink with handstand dance

By Ben Hooper
A spotted skunk performs a handstand to "intimidate" a wildlife camera at Saguaro National Park. @usinterior/Instagram video screenshot
A spotted skunk performs a handstand to "intimidate" a wildlife camera at Saguaro National Park. @usinterior/Instagram video screenshot

SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK, Ariz., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- A wildlife camera at an Arizona national park captured footage of a show-off spotted skunk performing a handstand to intimidate the device.

The footage, shared on Instagram by the U.S. Department of the Interior, shows a spotted skunk at Saguaro National Park's Happy Valley dancing on its front legs in front of the camera.

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The department said spotted skunks often go into a handstand in an attempt to intimidate aggressors -- in this case, the wildlife camera -- before spraying the unpleasant scent associated with its species.

"You never know what you are going to see at America's #publiclands," the department said in a comment on the video.

A video posted by U.S. Department of the Interior (@usinterior) on

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