On Saturday, Ohio State will play Michigan in the annual renewal of the greatest rivalry in sports. Each year, Michigan Week is a much-anticipated time, when every member of Buckeye Nation focuses anew on The Game.
But here at Webner House, we are also about education. And today, we’re interested in learning about Michigan’s mascot, the Wolverine. It looks like a deranged skunk, and it’s a member of the weasel family. So far, it seems like an appropriate mascot for Michigan, all right. But what about other attributes of the animal? Specifically, does a Wolverine have any kind of special odor?
Imagine our surprise when we learned that, according to environmentalgraffiti.com, the wolverine is one of the seven smelliest creatures in the world — right there between the bombardier beetle, which shoots a stinky combination of liquid and gas from its rear end, and the musk ox, which has exceptionally smelly urine. The website explains about wolverines: “They’re seldom seen by humans, but they’re frequently smelled. Like most members of the weasel family, the wolverine has glands that it secretes fluid from to mark its territory. The musky scent is supposed to be very unpleasant, and has given the wolverine the colourful nicknames of ‘skunk bear’ and ‘nasty cat’.”
It’s official — even environmentalists think the Wolverines stink!