If you have ever been to the zoo, you might think that some of the large animals, like the elephant, are the smelliest. But this title goes to one of the smaller mammals, the striped skunk. This black and white-striped creature sprays a foulsmelling, musky fluid as a defense against predators. Most wild skunks spray only when injured or attacked, as a defense mechanism. Their scent is composed of a chemical composition that can be released from one or both of their anal glands, located on both sides of their rectum. They can aim their glands at a target up to 15 feet (4.5 meters) away with great accuracy, but fortunately they tend to give a little bit of advanced warning: to signal being angry or scared, they often stamp their front feet, knead the ground like a cat, and hold their tail erect.