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Mark Catesby (1682-1749)

Striped skunk c.1722-6

RCIN 926013

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Catesby wrote that native Americans considered the skunk’s flesh to be a delicacy, and remarked that he had eaten and enjoyed it himself. He was assisted by American tribes in his expeditions into the interior of Carolina, and wrote: ‘To the Hospitality and Assistance of these Friendly Indians, I am much indebted’.