Fact for August 28, 2008

Skunks are actually distantly related to dogs.  In fact the biological “suborder” Caniformia or Canoidea, that literally means “dog-like,” includes all the typical dog and dog-like mammals (foxes, wolves, coyotes, etc.), but also bears, red pandas (which are not actually bears), skunks, weasels, otters, raccoons, seals, sea lions, and walruses.  Generally these animals have longish snouts with whiskers and most have non-retractable claws.

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