Fingers crossed

March 3, 2008

It seems my celebration at the successful removal of the unwanted visitor in my attic was a bit premature. A few days after my supposed success, I heard the noises again. More banging on the ceiling. More screaming “DO NOT WANT!”. More trapping. I caught and released a second raccoon last week. Still the noises. Here is what I found in the trap this morning:

possum.jpg

And I thought raccoons were ugly.

Tonight, no noises (so far).

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3 Responses to “Fingers crossed”

  1. superdave524 Says:

    John, possums are just misunderstood. There used to be a cartoon, Pogo, whose lead character was an oppossum. Okay, well, they are ugly.

  2. colio2007 Says:

    i was intrigued by your catch and did a little googling.

    be careful: http://tinyurl.com/2sux95

    From Wikipedia:

    When threatened or harmed, they will “play possum”, mimicking the appearance and smell of a sick or dead animal. The lips are drawn back, teeth are bared, saliva foams around the mouth, and a foul-smelling fluid is secreted from the anal glands. The physiological response is involuntary, rather than a conscious act. Their stiff, curled form can be prodded, turned over, and even carried away. Many injured opossums have been killed by well-meaning people who find a catatonic animal and assume the worst. The best thing to do upon finding an injured or apparently dead opossum is to leave it in a quiet place with a clear exit path. In minutes or hours, the animal will regain consciousness and escape quietly on its own.

  3. John in IL Says:

    Believe me, I am always cautious when releasing these critters. For the opossum, I had to prop open the door to the cage and get out of site before he would leave it.


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