Steve came back and looked under the shed but didn't see anything. He spotted the other baby (the little one) in the yard, almost closer to the next house. I went over to try to take some pictures of him. I got super close and when I got closer, he started running towards me all stiffened up and taping his paws... I fguess that was my warning. I just kept taking pictures and I'd let him run back and then I'd step closer again... and he'd tap tap. I touched his tail and he skittered away, but only a few inches and then tap tap. We kept this up for a while. I'd touch his tail, his back, his tail again. and eventually I just reached over and picked him up like a baby kitten. He kind of hissed/yelled and looked scared but didn't spray (i didn't even know they could when theyre this little until I looked up info on them online later). Since he had his mouth wide open making noise at me I saw that his teeth weren't anything to worry about and I put a hand under his back feet which calmed him down considerably. He soon curled up and went to sleep.
I took him over to show to Maxine and her granddaughter since they were the ones who had told me about them int he first place. They looked a little wary and seemed to think it odd that I just went over and picked it up. I decided to take him home to show to my grandma, I half expected to be bringing him back later. When she saw him and heard how spread out they were wandering she said we better find a place for him to be and said I should have tried to catch more!
I wrapped him up in soft things and put him in a cage to sleep. Steve and I were hungry so we went to find food. I came back and mostly had the skunk with me while I looked up information. I learned that its not good to have them in cages (and he seemed to be quite upset to be in one, which is how he ended up being with me so much). Eventually I set him up in the bathroom. I read that they could be fed kitten formula and we had some so he's been getting that withs ome egg and I'm going to get some baby cereal to add to that (thanks Jill! :))
When I got back from dropping off my film yesterday I noticed a stronger skunk oder than when I left (the little one still hasnt felt the need to spray) and found that we had not one baby skunk, but two! My grandma had walked down the road with Peachie and looked around and saw the second one rooting around by a bush up by the house so she snatched him up. I guess he released some juice wheh they were almost back. I took another walk down there with her then and found baby skunk number 3! I knew there was at least one more... we haven;t found it yet though. I hope something didn't happen to him. I also hope that there aren't more that we don't even know to look for!
This morning my grandma called around to find someone (rehabilitator) to take them til theyre big enough to be let go but she found that they don't take them (or bats) because of the threat of rabies. She told my grandma to have them put to sleep and then tested and also recommended that my g-ma go to the doctor since she had handled them. Right. So it looks like we now have 3 more critters living at chez crushedglass. It certainly didn't seem right to rescue them and then kill them. I avoid the putting to sleep option nearly always. Particularly when theres no health reason for it. Those babies aren't sick.