The Energetic Striped Skunks of the Japanese Tea Garden

Here’s yet another visitor to the popular Japanese Tea GardenĀ inĀ San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park

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These cute little polecats frolic around like kittens. Sometimes.

But you urban beekeepers should look out, because it’s a little-known fact that:

Skunks are one of the primary predators of the honeybee, relying on their thick fur to protect them from stings. The skunk scratches at the front of the beehive and eats the guard bees that come out to investigate. Mother skunks are known to teach this to their young.

Did not know that.

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2 Responses to “The Energetic Striped Skunks of the Japanese Tea Garden”

  1. You really are the animal whisperer! I don’t know how you get so many fantastic animal shots, but I’m glad you do. :) They make me happy every time!!!

    And in regards to another post you did recently – I did see a little fox running across Fulton street near Ocean Beach about a month ago! I was so disappointed when I read an older post of yours that said they had disappeared, and was incredibly relieved to see the little guy, and even more relieved to read that you saw one too. :-) Glad I wasn’t imagining things. :-)

  2. sfcitizen says:

    thx. keep on looking, there must be more out there!