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Cyclist avoids the stink in curious encounter with family of skunks

By
Ben Hooper
A family of skunks stops to say hi to a French cyclist. Screenshot: Francois Arsenault/YouTube
A family of skunks stops to say hi to a French cyclist. Screenshot: Francois Arsenault/YouTube

SAGUENAY, Quebec, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- A cyclist who encountered a family of curious skunks in the road managed to avoid the stink by holding still.

A video posted to YouTube by Francois Arsenault shows the cyclist stopped in the middle of a rural road while the mother skunk and four babies -- called kits -- walk hurriedly in his direction.

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The cyclist continues to film as the skunks approach his bike and sniff at his tires, letting out adorable high-pitched grunts along the way.

Arsenault's patience pays off as the skunk family ambles away without releasing any foul odors in their wake.

The cyclist said his skunk encounter was "rather special."

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