A rare glimpse into the acrobatic antics of the spotted skunk was captured by the National Park Service at the Saguaro National Park in Arizona.
The video, recorded by a wildlife camera in Happy Valley, showed a spotted skunk walking on its hands, according to a Wednesday post on the U.S. Department of Interior’s Instagram account.
While the behavior may seem bizarre, it is actually quite normal and not a particularly good sign for anyone standing too close.
It’s commonly known that most skunks will spray “a strong unpleasant scent as a form of defense,” the post stated.
But, unlike other skunks, spotted skunks take their self-preservation a step further and will sometimes go into a handstand in an “attempt to intimidate any would be aggressors,” the post stated.
The wildlife video was dated June 28.
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You never know what you are going to see at America’s #publiclands. Case in point: A spotted skunk doing a handstand at #Saguaro National Park in #Arizona. This strange interaction was captured by Saguaro’s wildlife camera in Happy Valley. Like the other three groups of skunks, spotted #skunks are capable of spraying a strong unpleasant scent as a form of defense. But before spraying, spotted skunks will sometimes go into a handstand and attempt to intimidate any would be aggressors like this skunk is doing with the #wildlife camera. Video by #NationalPark Service.