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#158463 March 5th, 2007 at 05:11 AM
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when we came home tonight, this critter was on my porch.

i had to fight to keep scott and matthew from killing it, but like it told them, at least they are native... and not rodents!

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you know, if you are looking at them in the face, they are almost cute!

#158464 March 5th, 2007 at 05:21 AM
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Uhhhhh Jiffy.... p p

And Jiffymouse is a lot better than Jiffypossum... laugh laugh

#158465 March 5th, 2007 at 05:47 AM
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laugh i didnt notice till mater pointed it out


o-man do those things creep me out! sca

#158466 March 5th, 2007 at 06:04 AM
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Jiffy, the night secretary at school works with a rescue service and she takes the baby possums, whose mother has been killed, home to raise until they're big enough to let back in the wild. She has even brought some to school and they are adorable. smile I've even held some of them and they love sca

#158467 March 5th, 2007 at 01:28 PM
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He's so cute!

#158468 March 5th, 2007 at 01:40 PM
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Why did they want to kill him? ters

#158469 March 5th, 2007 at 06:05 PM
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prouble cause the adult wild possums can be very mean! and the do have sharp teeth! they may say possums just play dead wen they feel threghtend or scared, but thats not always true, they can get mean! we have them here, i just watched one on my porch the other night, sca creepy! laugh

#158470 March 5th, 2007 at 08:42 PM
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WE dont have them in the UK. But I think they look very cute in the photos

#158471 March 5th, 2007 at 10:35 PM
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the adult wild possums can be very mean! and the do have sharp teeth!
Besides, their teeth, they can do a lot a damage with their claws! eek It's not a critter I would want to encounter when it was mad. :rolleyes: I don't like pain! frown laugh laugh

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Here is mine that was on my front porch at about 3:00 AM back in October. I handed it a pizza slice, but it hissed at me. As far as I know it hasn't been back, but I now have a Barred Owl on the peak of the roof each night, about 8 feet above the spot where my computer is.

PAUL, THE APOSTLE OPOSSUM
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#158473 March 6th, 2007 at 02:12 AM
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thumbup cute thorny. mine looks like it has had more fights, more pink and ruffling on the ears.

it ran under the shed.

the reason the men wanted to shoot it was because

a) they can be very mean when they feel threatened (and he was pretty threatened where he was)

b) they can carry rabies (although no more so than a squirrel)

c) we have an outside cat that the men thought was threatened (as if that was the first time the cat encountered the possum nutz )

d) they've always heard they are pests, and someone even almost had them convinced that they were rodents mad

i explained that, a) you'd be mean if you were threatened too, b) squirrels are as bad or worse for rabies, and bats ARE worse, something we have plenty of, c) if the cat has been out that long (several weeks) and still has all her fighting tools (claws, teeth, etc) she is in no danger from the 'possum, and d) they are marsupials, not rodents.

my final argument that got them to run it off rather than shoot is was that they are native to this area, and harmless as critters like that go. now, armadillos on the other hand... mad we won't go there.

#158474 March 6th, 2007 at 03:52 AM
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Armadillos are nice! I had them in Texas and they Finally reached Nashville, Tennessee about ten years ago. I've already seen two here.

#158475 March 6th, 2007 at 04:22 AM
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thorny, they are only nice until they dig holes in your yard that cause you to break your ankle. and breed in your culverts, producing 4 more exactly like the parent, that dig even more ankle breaking holes...

and we won't even discuss the destruction to my gardens mad

#158476 March 6th, 2007 at 05:49 AM
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ive never seen a armadillo, dont have em around here, thank goodness!

#158477 March 6th, 2007 at 06:16 AM
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They're on their way, Sibyl! Lookout!!! sca eek

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sca

crit i'll have to have a talk with the coons about keepin em out of my yard! laugh laugh

#158479 March 6th, 2007 at 07:35 PM
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shk shk shk

#158480 March 7th, 2007 at 03:09 AM
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I have a fascination for owls. I think they are the neatest bird. When I was teaching, I always did an owl unit and the kids got to disect owl pellets. It was always a highlight of the year. We also hatched butterflies, and studied bats. Kids LOVE that kind of stuff and remember it years later.

#158481 March 7th, 2007 at 06:10 AM
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I don't think they'll go as far north as y'all's houses , Sybil and Penny, so don't worry. They're are very non-belligerent and quite peaceful anyways, even if somewhat destructive to lawns, but they WON'T attack you.

#158482 March 10th, 2007 at 03:06 PM
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lol disecting owl pellets.... ***brings back memories*** i did that in school as well lol.... anyways just wanted to say even if a possum or an armadillo are pests to the yard and garden they are cute to look at in pictures... thanks for the pics... love looking at them!

#158483 March 10th, 2007 at 04:34 PM
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glad you liked them april.

the short update is that "henry" took up residence under my front porch (i could care less about that, doesn't bother me in the least). he's just eating the leftover cat food from my feeding stinker (my indoor/outdoor cat).

we were discussing henry last night, and my husband said "henry? that possum has a name? now i'll never be able to shoot it! thumbup

i'll get more pics when/if i can.

#158484 March 12th, 2007 at 05:24 PM
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laugh henry is a good name! laugh

#158485 March 12th, 2007 at 05:25 PM
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laugh laugh laugh You named him laugh laugh thumbup

#158486 March 13th, 2007 at 03:40 AM
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Penny, of course, they named him!!! smile That's what I usually do with any critters wink ! BUT, contrary to what Patty may say or think p , I really haven't named all my worms frown - yet!!! laugh I have a Chipmunk I call "Chip", I guess that's not very original, but I liked it! He has lived under my house for two years, and he has a front door, side door, and back door to his home. :rolleyes:


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