- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - When Turnip the skunk visits schools, nursing homes and other places there will be no need to hold noses.

As a sort of animal ambassador for Grand Rapids’ John Ball Zoo, she’s been de-scented ahead of her role to educate people about skunks.

The Grand Rapids Press reports (https://bit.ly/2aM75AO ) Wednesday that Turnip won’t be on exhibit at the zoo. Instead, she is being trained. She will take strolls with staff and meet zoo visitors.

Zookeeper Sarah Bontinen says skunks often are misunderstood. The zoo wants to use the year-old Turnip to show how interesting and useful the animals can be.

Bontinen says “skunks only spray when they feel imminent danger” and “they don’t want to spray unless they feel like they have to.”


Information from: The Grand Rapids Press:MLive.com, https://www.mlive.com

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