She didn’t believe her son, Becky Ball, when he stated he wanted to stop the automobile.
Ball remarked, “I believed he was kidding,” to The Dodo.
But the tenacious adolescent was not going to accept no as an option. The child noticed a skunk with his head caught in a cup while looking out the passenger window and felt he had to intervene.
The pair were on their way to the boy’s cross-country practice when they spotted the skunk struggling on the road, stumbling aimlessly around, unable to see.
You can see the skunk struggling in a video Ball took:
Ball was immediately concerned about what might happen if her son approached a notoriously smelly animal.
“I was scared he would be sprayed,” Ball said. “[I] did not think he was serious … until he opened the door to get out.”
The child carefully removed the cup from the skunk, releasing the trapped animal. Fortunately, he was able to do so without startling the skunk and causing it to spray.
Perhaps realizing that the youngster was helping him, the skunk merely kept moving down the path.
The teen’s conviction proves that sometimes, when it comes to helping animals, it’s worth it to speak up — even if the consequences could be smelly.