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Meet The World's Smelliest Animals

10/26/2010 06:10 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Pity the poor skunk. Its identity is wholly linked to its rank scent, so much so that it draws singular ridicule from humankind as a metaphor for all that stinks. Watch a Pepe Le Pew cartoon, and you would think that skunks were the only noxious animals in the animal kingdom.

It's a notion, of course, that's just rotten. There are plenty of animals that stink, but because of their relative obscurity they've avoided public scrutiny.

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