Animal Advocates, Mary Cummins in LA Times, "Morning Adorable"

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Your morning adorable: Baby skunks and the handstand dance
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September 23, 2009 | 12:02 pm

Color us fascinated by this video, captured by YouTube user MaryCummins, a wildlife rehabilitator whose channel is chock-full of baby-animal goodness.  But we think we love the skunks the most — largely due to this strange dance they perform, rather like a combination moonwalk and handstand.

“They poof their tail and handstand to show off their markings and look bigger, just like spotted skunks,” Mary explains. (Spotted skunks are well-known for their tendency to perform acrobatic and vaguely threatening moves while lifting their back feet off the ground and standing on their front feet.)  “They scoot backward so they can rush forward again. Here they are just playing.”

Both of these young skunks — a brother and sister — were successfully rehabilitated and returned to the wild. Hooray for rescue (and hooray for odd dance moves)!

— Lindsay Barnett

Video: MaryCummins via YouTube

Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.


About Mary Cummins Animal Advocates Real Estate Appraiser

Mary Cummins is President of Animal Advocates. She is licensed with the California Department of Fish & Game, USDA and the City of Los Angeles to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife. Cummins speaks to local community groups and students about respecting wildlife and humane wildlife control. She is also a Humane Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator. She has written manuals on small mammal rehabilitation besides numerous articles. She was born and raised in Southern California. She attended Beverly Hills Good Shepherd Catholic School and Beverly Hills High School. Besides being a member of Junior Mensa and on the Dean's list, she was a top ten national swimmer and competed on the men's water polo team. She began college at the age of 15 attending the University of Southern California on scholarship, majoring in Psychology/Sociology. After college Cummins became a licensed real estate agent specializing in income property in Los Angeles. She obtained her real estate appraisal license, real estate brokerage license and currently does real estate consulting, expert witness testimony and review appraisals at Cummins Real Estate Services.
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