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11 animals that use odor as a weapon

By: Bryan Nelson on July 30, 2014, 6:20 p.m.

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The zorilla, or striped polecat, might look like a skunk, but it's actually a different kind of animal entirely. A specialized member of the weasel family, this smelly carnivore has adopted the same coat coloration as the skunk to make it easier for potential predators to identify them and stay away. It lives in the dry savannas and open country of Africa. Its stinky anal emissions can also temporarily blind predators if sprayed in the eyes and can cause a painful burning sensation on the skin.