8-Year-Old Kent Girl Befriends a Skunk

Humbug, like Pepé Le Pew, may think he's a cat. (Yahoo!)

Humbug, like Pepé Le Pew, may think he’s a cat. (Yahoo!)

Harriet Cooper, 8, of Kent, England has become friends with an unlikely candidate … a skunk. Harriet’s parents, Maria and Ian, run a petting zoo, Amazing Animal Encounters, that tours local schools and added Humbug, the skunk, to their caboodle of animals, reports Yahoo!’s Broken News Daily.

The couple soon realized Humbug was quite a handful as he was lashing out at his new keepers. Without warning, Harriet instinctively scooped Humbug up in her arms to pet him like any other household pet. And, surprising to everyone, he liked it.

It seemed Harriet had a calming affect on Humbug and the two are now besties with Harriet walking him on a special leash and he even sleeps in her bed.

Harriet and Humbug take a stroll in the garden. (ITV)

Harriet and Humbug take a stroll in the garden. (ITV)

Harriet had a scare when Humbug went missing but they found him. (Faceboo)

Harriet had a scare when Humbug went missing in May, 2013 …  (Facebook)

... luckily he was found and the two were reunited. (Facebook)

… luckily he was found and the two were reunited. (Facebook)

Harriet’s mother Maria gives Humbug credit for bringing Harriet out of her shell saying, “Before we got Humbug, Harriet was a very nervous and anxious child. Since she had Humbug, she has come out of herself. She has definitely become more confident.”

Ah, it’s win-win.

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This story reminds us of this well intended “cat found” advertisement:

(Facebook)

“Humbug, is that you?” (Facebook)

What was your most unusual pet?