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Peninsula Humane Society vets rescue three little stinkers from Menlo Park construction site

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA staff set up a 12-foot catchpole. Courtesy PHS/SPCA.

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA staff rescued a family of skunks that fell into a deep hole at a construction site in Menlo Park.

A mother skunk and her two babies trapped at the bottom of a 14-foot-deep hole. Courtesy PHS/SPCA.

Three skunks fell into the 14-foot-deep hole and were spotted by a worker on the construction site on Tuesday, May 25, according to PHS/SPCA spokeswoman Buffy Martin Tarbox.

Veterinary staffers weren't able to reach the skunks by hand so they extended a 12-foot catchpole to get the mother skunk and her two babies and pull them up to safety.

It took about an hour to get all three back up, and "one baby skunk was being stubborn," Tarbox said.

All three were put in crates and examined at the scene for possible injuries, then were released on the back side of the property after staff determined they were in good health.

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Tarbox said, "Without human assistance to help them out of the hole, it is likely they would have perished. Despite being scared, none of the skunks sprayed our staff, and seemed grateful to have been safely rescued."

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Peninsula Humane Society vets rescue three little stinkers from Menlo Park construction site

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Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA staff rescued a family of skunks that fell into a deep hole at a construction site in Menlo Park.

Three skunks fell into the 14-foot-deep hole and were spotted by a worker on the construction site on Tuesday, May 25, according to PHS/SPCA spokeswoman Buffy Martin Tarbox.

Veterinary staffers weren't able to reach the skunks by hand so they extended a 12-foot catchpole to get the mother skunk and her two babies and pull them up to safety.

It took about an hour to get all three back up, and "one baby skunk was being stubborn," Tarbox said.

All three were put in crates and examined at the scene for possible injuries, then were released on the back side of the property after staff determined they were in good health.

Tarbox said, "Without human assistance to help them out of the hole, it is likely they would have perished. Despite being scared, none of the skunks sprayed our staff, and seemed grateful to have been safely rescued."

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