Cowboy Cat Wrangler Bob Lynch is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he cares for multiple cat colonies, advocates, and practices TNR (trap, neuter, return). When caring for the colonies, the animal lover frequently encounters other critters, like deer, foxes, opossums, raccoons, and baby skunks.
Although feral cats gobble up any food offered quickly, critters are often nearby, waiting for any scraps. On a nightly basis, Lynch often encounters the little opportunists.
Cowboy Cat Wrangler Shares the Skunk ‘Stinky Twins’
Recently, Lynch shared a video of “The Stinky Twins,” two baby skunks that keep stealing the food left out for the cats. In this case, they have no qualms about coming right over and dragging a plate of food away. Patches the cat, can only watch in disbelief as the skunks confidently move in for the prize.
As cute as they are, how could anybody be mad?
“Another Night with “Patches and The Stinky twins”
Stomper and Stinky the Skunks
The Cowboy Cat Wrangler has previously shared the story of two skunk babies, Stomper and Stinky. When he came to check on the cat food, he saw a mother skunk and her two babies. The mother ran away, but the babies stayed behind, stomping their feet and raising their tails.
“Who wants to see the cutest things ever?” he asks, approaching the cat shelter.
Seeing Lynch’s approach, the skunk babies are reluctant to leave the big cat food bowl. They’re about the size of 4-month-old kittens, and like kittens, they try to puff up and look menacing. But their defense is totally different, as they stomp their little feet and raise their tails up. It’s a black and white warning flag because they will shoot their little “pea shooters” as a last resort.
Having encountered skunks many times, the Cowboy Cat Wrangler talks calmly to them.
“No spraying,” he says as the skunks finally make their exit. “You’re adorable. Keep that little pea shooter down, alright?”
Return of Stomper the Skunk
In a more recent video, we see the “Return of Stomper.” This time, the baby skunk is not about to move away from the cat food. Instead, the baby stomps its feet in a warning that would send most people running.
“You think you’re the boss?” asks Lynch. “Let’s go, I have to feed the kitties.”
The Cowboy finds the baby skunk adorable, but it does make feeding the cats a little challenging!
“You’re so damn cute. Who are you stompin’ at?”
The Cowboy Cat Wrangler also shares videos when he encounters baby opossums, which he also loves.
Of course, raccoons are always around when there is food, and Lynch loves them too. He’s even hand-fed baby raccoons and came to their rescue.
Reminder: It’s always a good idea to show caution around raccoons and other wild animals, which can, unfortunately, carry rabies sometimes. Here are some tips from the Humane Society about what to be aware of with raccoons.
Cowboy Cat Wrangler
Over the years, the Cowboy Cat Wrangler has saved thousands of cats with TNR efforts. Each cat that is returned neutered or spayed can’t produce multiple litters of kittens requiring rescue ever again.
Previously, we shared a story about the Cowboy Cat Wrangler’s efforts with Trap King Davis and The Mad Catter to TNR over 75 cats on Chincoteague Island. He has appeared in My Cat from Hell, in the episode “Philly’s Forgotten Cats.”
Over the years, Lynch has adopted many cats he rescued. In a Calender of hunks for Philadoptables, he posed with two of his kitties, Bob and Angelo. Lynch found the cats abandoned on the side of the road in a dog crate.
On an ongoing basis, the Cowboy Cat Wrangler and fellow rescuers are out in the elements, “boots on the ground getting it done every night and exhausted.” Sadly, there are always more kittens and cats needing rescue, and there’s a constant need for more people to help and donate. Lynch encourages others to become Trap Queens, Kings, or Cowboy Wranglers in their local communities.
“Anyone can be a vital part in saving thousands of cats a year,” he says.
If you’re in the Philadelphia area, the non-profit Forgotten Cats Inc., which Lynch works with, is deeply involved with TNR efforts in the area. Since 2003, the rescuers have spayed and neutered over 165,000 cats and kittens.
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