Will pet skunks catch on in Detroit?

May 26, 2011 | Detroit

Every now and then a story catches our attention, and this one grabbed us for two reasons. One, it seems like such an odd thing to want to keep a skunk as a pet. And two, as we manage The Lofts, when will we see our first resident seeking to keep a skunk in their residence?

Check out the story below, from, about the new trend of turning the notoriously odorous skunk into a cuddly housepet.

“GLADSTONE, Mich. (WWJ) – Skunks are becoming the new “it” pet — and while they get a stinky rap, they are apparently rising in popularity.

In fact, more than 2,000 pet skunks live in the U.S. and Europe. And it’s now estimated that several dozen captive skunks call our state home.

Joann Snowaert of Gladstone, Michigan said she got her pet skunk, Lilly, a year ago.

Snowaert told WWJ’s Kathryn Larson that her little black and white friend gets along great with the other family pets.

“She’s fine with other animals. I had one dog and one cat at the time, and that’s fine. You just have to be attentive to raising them when they’re little,” she said.

Snowaert says owning a little Peppi Le Pew can be grand, but they can cost hundreds of dollars, and you must go through a short list of Michigan Department of Natural Resources breeders.

Snowaert said that once you do get your skunk, be prepared to snuggle.

“When I got into bed I’d bring her with, and she’d just ball up by my feet. If I’m sitting on the couch, same thing – she’d climb up on the couch and wanna sit with you,” she said,.

Snowaert said Lilly is litter box-trained, and that pet skunks don’t stink because when they are babies you can have their scent gland removed.”

What kind of unordinary pet have you thought about bringing home?

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