S.C. couple lives with 40 skunks

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by MIKE REDDING / WCNC

NWCN.com

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 28 at 10:26 AM

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. - Landa Berry and her husband Milton have a skunk issue.

Video: S.C. couple lives with 40 skunks

"We've had them cut loose in the car and it takes months to get rid of that smell," said Milton.

These sorts of things always start small. Landa just wanted an interesting pet and over the years, their knowledge of the animal grew. Wild ones need rehab and release and now domesticated ones need a home.

"We take in rescues," said Landa.

And one thing leads to another and before long, you have Pepe LePew heaven. Skunks in the bed, skunks in the kitchen, skunks everywhere.

Real life skunks come in a variety of colors.

"You can put your nose right up to them, there's no smell. None whatsoever," said Milton.

The skunks have all been de-scented for obvious reasons, and the mere suggestion that this might seem a wee bit crazy, well

"No, I'm all right. The world is all wrong," said Landa.

"We just live in abnormal world," said Milton.

But seriously, 40?

"No, nobody else around has 40 skunks in their house. We do," said Landa.

The Berrys remain unfazed. They believe rescuing skunks and giving them a home is their calling.

"We have people make jokes, when I die, I want to come back as a skunk at your house," said Landa.

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