English Conversation Dialogues | Skunks | 56

Emma encountered a skunk and shares the experience with Luke. This episode is great for vocabulary that describes animals.

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Luke (00:02):
Welcome to Dialogue Frog's English conversation dialogues. I heard you had an interesting encounter with a animal.

Emma (00:10):
Heh, it's, it's kind of funny that you, you phrase it that way because that's how we started the episode where you encountered a sheep.

Luke (00:19):
It's true.

Emma (00:19):
And I was looking the other day and that's actually one of our least popular episodes.

Luke (00:24):
That makes me sad. I like, I liked that, my encounter with the sheep.

Emma (00:28):
I thought it was a good story too. But, anyway, so my encounter, it was not with a sheep. It was with a skunk.

Luke (00:39):
A skunk?

Emma (00:40):
Yeah. You know what a skunk is, right?

Luke (00:42):
Yeah.

Emma (00:42):
So a skunk, they're, like a small animal. They're about the size of a small dog or a very large cat. Um, and they're, they have the black and white fur and a bushy tail. But what they're famous for, what they're known for is when they're scared or agitated or angry, they release this liquid and this liquid has this awful, awful smell.

Luke (01:13):
Interesting.

Emma (01:14):
Well, I mean, you you've, you've been, you've had an encounter with a skunk before, right?

Luke (01:20):
I have usually while driving, I'll like go through a odorous cloud.

Emma (01:27):
Oh. So like somebody before you probably accidentally hit the skunk with their car.

Luke (01:32):
Yeah.

Emma (01:33):
And then what's left is the smell of the skunk.

Luke (01:36):
Yeah.

Emma (01:37):
Yeah that, that isn't fun either. That liquid is awful. So you actually have to, it's so strong. That smell is so strong, it'll make you cough, like your eyes burn, can't breathe. And then to that liquid, you have to get a special soap to get that stuff off. It's a special skunk, anti-skunk soap. I can't remember what it's called. Fortunately, I was not sprayed with the liquid. It didn't get on my clothes or anything. I saw it coming and I went the other direction.

Luke (02:08):
Yeah.

Emma (02:09):
So yeah, that was my encounter with a skunk.

Luke (02:13):
Well, thanks for sharing. Um, this has been Dialogue Frog's, English conversation dialogues. Thank you for listening.

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Heh
it's kind of funny that...
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way
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sheep
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That makes me sad.
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anyway
skunk
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agitated
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release
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So yeah,

Skunks are small animals that can be found from South America to North America. They spray a liquid with a bad smell to defend themselves. Some people keep skunks as pets and injured, sick, or abandoned skunks are sometimes nursed at animal rescue shelters.

Check out this video from Animal Planet's 'Too Cute' tv show. A family raises an abandoned baby skunk together with kittens.

Skunks can also be found in the wild and will come up to people. If you like to hike, cycle, or camp outdoors, be careful not to upset a skunk!

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