Skunk-Removing Scent Glands
Skunk-Removing Scent Glands-How are skunks made perfectly odorless.
A comparatively simple surgical operation will remove the scent glands of skunks and American civet cats, so-called. I quote Dr. C. Hart Merriam’s Mammals of the Adirondacks at some length, as fur farmers will find it a subject of great interest; “The scent glands of the skunk may be removed bodily, without in any way affecting the health or happiness of the animal. The gizzard-like mass of muscle in which they are imbedded completely surrounds the gut, just at the outlet of the pelvis, and is attached to the tuberosites of the ischium. The chief danger attending the operation is the liability of wounding the rectum, or of creating so much irritation about it that the subsequent inflammation and cicatrization will result in structure of that important viscus. Care must also be exercised in order to avoid wounding the genito-urinary passages……A much simpler operation, where the end in view is merely to disarm the animal…..consists in making an incision through the skin, directly in front of the anus, and in snipping the ducts of the glands, at the bases of the nipple-like papillae which project into the gut, just within the sphincter. Adhesive inflammation follows, and permanently closes the ducts at the points of division. Therefore, although the glands themselves are left in place the animal is forever after incapable of ridding himself of their contents.”
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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