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Cindy Ringer admits she isn't a skunk lover, especially since that time her dog was sprayed.
But she knew she had to do something when she saw a baby skunk nearly run over last weekend in the Tallant Road neighborhood while dragging its dead sibling from the roadway.
"I do have a heart for wildlife in general," Ringer said.
She had seen a dead adult skunk by the road earlier last week and guessed it was the mother of the baby skunks.
"I think they are all looking for their mother," Ringer said. "If I didn't do something, they would all have gotten hit and killed."
She rescued two of the skunk kittens and brought them to Critter Control of New Hampshire in Merrimack. She had help from daughter Kinny Newell.
"They're doing just fine," Fraser said.
"They are on their way to health and happiness."
Ringer also has alerted friends and neighbors and appealed to the community for help through an online message board.
Her message: Slow down for baby skunks on Tallant Road, between Windham Road and Shelly Drive.
"I feel bad for these little guys. They're living creatures," she said.
"I didn't want to see them all get hit."
Her concerns are real. Another baby skunk has since been found dead in the neighborhood.
There may be more baby skunks in the area.
Fraser said litters typically number four to six, but occasionally are larger.
"I would tell your readers to keep an eye out," he said. "There is probably a den there, under a log or a pile of rocks or a shed or a deck."
The babies don't pose much of a spraying threat at their age, which Fraser estimates at 3 or 4 weeks.
People can wear leather gloves or guide them with a piece of wood into a box, if they see the babies, Fraser said.
"They don't move all that fast, maybe like a 3-week-old kitten," Fraser said.
Sue Cooper, a friend of Ringer who lives nearby, was driving through the neighborhood with daughter Kacey when they saw two babies.
"We saw them on the side of the road, digging for food or whatever," Cooper said.
"We said, 'Oh, no, they're going to get hit.' We scurried them back into the woods."
Catching the skunks and putting them in the car wasn't seriously considered.
"We didn't know if we touched or chased them how capable they would be of spraying," Cooper said.
"In hindsight, I wished we had gone back."
She continues to take detours down Tallant Road to look for baby skunks.
"We kind of watch for them," Cooper said.
Credits: By John Toole - The Eagle-Tribune