When I went down to the kitchen to start my coffee, I was startled by a baby opossum who’s taken up residence under…
When I went down to the kitchen to start my coffee, I was startled by a baby opossum who’s taken up residence under my deck. He/she was eating the birdseed that was scattered from the feeder above.
They used to give me the heebie-jeebies…maybe its that long hairless tail that gives me the shudders… but I’m thinking this little one is especially cute. Snapped him with my cell-phone out the kitchen window before he scooted off in search of more grub.
Have a great day, all!
I have a few dogs that can take care of him for you 😉
I remember, a lifetime ago, sitting out by the pool, in the still of a warm summer night, listening to music and contemplating life, love, and lawn care. I hadn’t moved for quite some time so the opossum simply walked up beside me and stopped inches from my feet, scoping out the backyard. I didn’t move and watched him until he eventually wandered off into the shadows.
Funny how a picture evokes memories… I remember my grandmother and I finding a dead opossum in her backyard back when I was about five or six years old… so granny went and got the shovel dug a deep hole and we buried him and had a little ceremony. I also remember going out into the backyard the next morning to find that he had dug his way out of his grave… and that’s when I learned what playing ‘possum was really all about!
Are you sure Gma wasnt a necromancer, BobbieZen?
lol, Positive. Neal Gilbert
Wow! I never saw an opossum! 🙂
1 possum, cut-up
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium onion, sliced
4 carrots, cut in thick slices
1 small can whole kernel corn
1 can whole tomatoes
1 bell pepper sliced
2 zucchini cut in large pieces
1/2 head cabbage cut in large pieces
8 ounces tomato juice
1/4 cup white vinegar
10 drops Tabasco
Salt and pepper to taste
5 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced
Brown possum in oil in a Dutch oven or heavy skillet. Add all ingredients except potatoes, cabbage, pepper, and zucchini. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Add remaining ingredients. Simmer another 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
We have some around here. Haven’t seen them in a while, but did watch a mama and her babies walk along the fence one night. I like them but have to make sure none are in the yard when I let Blue out. POUNCE!
It is not unusual to see possums around here. We often see them on our porch!
🙂 And now you have! FotoAgnieszka Ambro …they’re typically not out during the day, but this little guy was at the birdseed buffet.
lol David Renaud . I’ll be sure to send that to my relatives in Georgia…they might actually eat it.
I won’t. 🙂
Yep. Blue would have a field day…them being natural hunters and all. Susan Lewis
This one was close enough for me Terence Towles Canote !
About a month after that incident, I discovered that that very same opossum (or its twin) had crawled into a partly rainwater-filled garbage can that I had placed at the side of the house. Apparently, opossums can’t tread water for more than a few hours. A day, tops. He was rather unceremoniously hurled into the forest.
PS. He was pretty stiff but I can’t guarantee that a necromancer squirrel didn’t revive him.
Awwww. yep. He was dead. Sean Heffernan
Not long after we had moved into our house, SD kept finding little bits of poop in the garage…he blamed my sweet dachshund Maggie Mae, and we left it at that. Then, one day I was walking by a large paper yard bag filled with leaves and sticks and plant cuttings and it starting moving and shifting around…So, naturally, I screamed, headed for the kitchen door, and then slammed it shut on David, leaving him to contend with whatever was in there alone in the garage.
LOL He likes to remind me about that from time to time.
Sure enough it was a opossum that found itself deep inside the bag and couldn’t get out….so he and the neighbor carried it out and released him down by the lake…at which point the opossum ran straight back toward the garage.
I’d love to see one myself. That means I have to come over, doesn’t it?
I’ll start a pot of tea, Eve Aebi 🙂
How long is tea drinkable?
Awe… looks like a lil doggie size 😉
best hurry, Eve Aebi 😉
yep, not exactly tiny but not as huge as I’ve seen some of them get Sharon Woodward 🙂