TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The Tucson Wildlife Center says a skunk is recovering from burns on her face after she tried to make a home for herself in the hood of a man’s vehicle.
Dr. Kelsey Davies, a Veterinarian at the Wildlife Center, says the man drove a distance before noticing something wasn’t right. Dr. Davies says he pulled over, popped the hood of his vehicle, saw the skunk and called the Wildlife Center right away.
She says they’ve received several calls of animals crawling into vehicles over the past few weeks.
“We’ve had a couple skunk calls and then also some routine rodents; pack rats and mice, which do happen throughout the year, but we do see an uptick in the winter,” said Dr. Davies.
Before starting your car, Dr. Davies says it’s a good idea to bang on the hood of your vehicle or honk the horn. If you hear yowling or clawing while driving, or smell something not quite right, stop and check to see if an animal crawled inside. If there’s a critter, call the Wildlife Center at 520-290-9453.