We had a visitor this weekend. Patches, my senior Aussie girl, was barking funny in the backyard. I couldn’t place the bark. So I walked out to see what was going on, and found her barking at this:
Dogs and possums. What a mess. A possum killed two of our hens a couple months back. One of my oldest, favorite hens. So they’re not my favorite warm blooded animals at the moment. I called Hunny and asked him to come outside. He came out with a shovel and couldn’t bring himself to whack it. I couldn’t either. Instead, I laughed as he threw the possum into the air repeatedly until he made it to the fence and tossed it into the front yard.
Here’s how I see it – if a known child molester targeted my child, I’d take action. This little possum is a known killer of my babies. The possum in the following video, however, isn’t a killer of anything that I know of.
Pearl is … different.
See that? A pet possum. Hissing and growling. Those teeth! Here’s what I know about possums:
- They’re marsupial – pouch babies
- They’re omnivores – found this out when one tried killing our yard rabbit, Brian, years ago
- They play dead REALLY WELL – very convincing
- They’re tough to actually kill
One last video – not that it’s going to change this chicken mama’s way of thinking.
And here’s what I’m thinking about treats, if you ever find yourself in possession of a possum as a pet. Being omnivores and loving meat, the possum loves bacon, I’m told. Try some K9 Bacon Rolls from Jones. Or the Beef Liver Taffy treats. Maybe the Chicken Taffy. Soft treats. See how it goes. Let me know. Or don’t. I’m fine either way.
Until I write again …