The Nashville Zoo has had it goin' ON this year with brand new tiger cubs, the ROARchestra, and the blooming of a rare Corpse Flower. Just yesterday, they announced, "It's a GOUDA day at the Zoo!"

The announcement was inspired by a litter or "surfeit" of skunk kits. Yes, I had to google what a group of skunks is called. I've never heard that term before. It apparently means "an excessive amount of something." Which in this case, I would imagine is an excess of stinkiness AND cuteness!

Six one-month old kits were just given the most adorable and funny names.  Inspired by their stench. At their age, they can spray, but its usually not very much or very potent and usually by accident! They don't quite have control over their nasty superpower yet.

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Meet Cheddar, Feta, Havarti, Brie Fontina, and Munster! The tiniest and sweetest of stinky cheeses.  "These little ones are destined to become the big cheese in educational programs as ambassador animals at other zoos." They will eventually have very important jobs helping visitors learn how amazing skunks are despite their stench. Just like cheese!

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"At the Zoo, we have three adult skunks—Rosemary, Parsley, and Nutmeg—who are ambassador animals in our educational programs. Skunks are crucial in our local environment as natural pest controllers, feasting on ticks, termites, wasps, and more! They prefer to use their striking stripes to ward off predators rather than wasting energy on spraying. So, if you encounter a skunk in the wild, stay calm and simply walk away."

 

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On a scale from 1 to 10, how good was Rosemary?

♬ Nice and Easy - Louis Adrien

If I met one, especially a baby, I'd probably get myself sprayed trying to love on it! They are sooooo precious! Look at their wittle paws!

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