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Old 12 August 2008, 05:00 PM
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Icon401 Yoplait yogurt cups dangerous to skunks

Comment: I've heard that you should cut the sides of Yoplait yogurt
containers before you throw them away to prevent skunks, who love yogurt,
from sticking their heads in the container. If a skunk does stick its
head in a Yoplait-shaped container, it will become stuck and suffocate
and/or starve to death.

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Old 12 August 2008, 05:34 PM
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I don't think it was Yoplait but last summer a skunk got into the trash behind the plant I work at and got it's head stuck in a yogurt cup. The animal control officer who came out said it was a relatively common thing. I would think keeping the trash more secure would make more sense than cutting up all the cups.
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Old 12 August 2008, 05:37 PM
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For some reason the thought of skunks loving yogurt is really adorable and amusing to me.
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Old 12 August 2008, 06:01 PM
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I've heard something rather similar, but with hedgehogs and McFlurry containers. They apparently stick their heads in to eat the remaining icecream and their spines get stuck like a bee sting.

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Old 12 August 2008, 06:07 PM
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For some reason the thought of skunks loving yogurt is really adorable and amusing to me.
Me too. I agree too that keeping the trash more secure is a viable option, and even though I have never heard of yogurt cups being a hazard specifically to skunks, I don't think it is that much effort to cut the sides of the cups to prevent mishaps.

I keep a sharp pair of kitchen shears next to the trash can and anything that I think could pose a danger to any sort of animal gets snipped before being bagged- six pack holders, any plastic container with a small or oddly shaped "head-hole", or anything that could pose a "trapping" risk. (I also use a "smooth-edge" can opener because of risk of cuts to animals who may get into the garbage, not risks of cuts to myself.) It takes just a few extra seconds and becomes such a habit that I don't even notice it anymore.
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Old 12 August 2008, 06:40 PM
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Hedgehogs liking ice cream is even cuter and funnier!

KKHB, that's a good idea. Right now I cut up those six-pack plastic thingies and use a smooth can opener (so the doggy can eat the rare can of wet food right from the can without me having to scoop and smell it) but I'm going to start doing what you said, so that rodenty creatures may continue to enjoy their dairy products free of danger.
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Old 12 August 2008, 09:36 PM
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Photographic evidence/testimony supporting the "Yoplait cups (YoCup) dangerous to skunks" theory:
http://flickr.com/photos/marilynphotos/2636801620/

Baby Skunk with YoCup on head

Wikipedia entry: Yoplait: the Skunk Scandal

This is just a small sampling from the web, but I did notice a recurrent theme at most of the sites I visited. I paraphrase: "Do not handle a skunk with your bare hands! It might go off!"

Sage advice, that last bit.
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Old 12 August 2008, 09:46 PM
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The Yoplait cups taper toward the opening (unlike most yogurt cups, which taper toward the bottom), so I can see why they'd specifically be a problem - they're sort of like those post-surgery collars for dogs, but without an opening for the snout!
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Old 12 August 2008, 10:06 PM
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like this here

This is from 1998, but apparently the design change was minor

This is July 2008
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Old 12 August 2008, 11:06 PM
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Apparently the design change was minor
The major change was in material, the new containers being easier to break. There were also internal flanges designed out which would tend to impede removal, and external flanges added which would assist self-removal.

What intrigues me is the specifity of the argument - Yoplait pots being hazardous to skunks, wheras carelessly discarded packaging of many type can be harzardous to animals, both wild and domestic
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