If skunks are out during the day, they have been orphaned because the mother would never allow her babies to wander out of the burrow. However, mom will take older babies out for walks during the night and sometimes an individual will get separated from the group during these walks. This baby is orphaned unless it can be reunited with the group. If the mother has been killed, the babies may wander out of the den because they are hungry. They may (but not always) be crying, look weak or sickly. In this case, the babies need the attention of a Wildlife Rehabilitator. Skunk babies typically don't spray until they mature, but always aim their tails away from you just in case they do spray. Don't pick these animals up with your bare hands because of the concern of rabies.