Dorothy the skunk is heading home

| 1/18/2007

A stowaway skunk that rode on the flatbed of a tractor-trailer from California to Canada will soon be heading back to her home turf.

The skunk - dubbed "Dorothy" after she was discovered - was apparently nestled inside a large pipe on the flatbed, and after a 2,000-mile journey, ended up at the Toronto Wildlife Center on Jan. 5.

After making sure Dorothy was in good health, the center made a public appeal for help to get her back to California.

Nathalie Karvonen, director of the Toronto Wildlife Center, told "Land Line Now" on XM Satellite Radio that they received more than 200 calls, including calls from truckers.

But they decided to accept the offer of Trace Nealy, a morning radio host on 105.5 FM in Ventura, CA, who saw news accounts of story and decided to volunteer.

In the meantime, Karvonen said Dorothy has been behaving herself in Canada, and will be heading home in a week to 10 days.

- By Reed Black, staff writer