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Fall River Man Captures the Moment He Wins the Love of a Skunk

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Skunks have a bad reputation, but a man from Fall River proves there’s more to it than just stench. When Cristiano Gomez shared a video of him petting and feeding a skunk, it caught my eye.

Cristiano Gomez is a lover of all animals. He leaves roasted, unsalted peanuts in his backyard for Blue Jays and leaves cat food outside for stray cats in his Fall River neighborhood, and soon the food begins to attract other animals.

“About two months ago, other animals started showing up at night like the raccoon, the opossum, and this skunk,” Gomez said.

If I saw a skunk outside my door, I’d be a little weary, but not Gomez. Instead of scaring the skunk away, welcome it with more peanuts.

When the skunks kept coming back, Gomez got curious.

“I was going to open the door and he would be very offensive,” he said, “his heavy tail high, and sometimes his butt facing me as if he was about to spray me.”

As an all-animal lover, that didn’t stop Gomez from trying to win over this skunk. He began grinding peanuts to make it easier for his new friend to eat.

“When I opened the door with crushed peanuts, he was looking at me like a dog excited about food,” Gomez said. Eventually, after several failed attempts, the skunk allowed Gomez to pet him, and Gomez captured everything on video.

Gomez has no intention of taking a skunk as a pet. He enjoys helping the animals in his neighborhood, and thanks to his fenced yard, he won’t have to worry about larger animals messing with his little visitors.

I give credit to this guy for being brave enough to give this skunk a chance. All animals deserve love – even smelly animals.

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