41 thoughts on “Here’s the opossum, right on cue

    1. I haven’t seen her for months, then just when we were discussing possums…she decided to make herself known. (There was a raccoon on the deck shortly afterwards, but my camera wasn’t handy and she took off when she saw me through the glass.

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    2. all wild animal photos are taken through the glass door πŸ˜‰ incidentally the outside cats, Peggy and maybe coontail, where present at the same time as the possum. I have actually seen very young kittens snacking out of a common dish with raccoons. The older ones do keep a wary eye on the critters.

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      1. I don’t know, but I have actually seen these local guys together, and have seen them individually in close proximity. I have not seen any of them other than on my back deck visiting the cats. There was one very ill huge opossum that had to be dispatched by the local humane officer/cop who carried the remains to the back 40 for disposal.

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      2. It’s lucky the possums and racoons didn’t come into conflict with the cats.
        There’s a small, odd looking fox here that comes looking for scraps [that I throw out for the magpies] and I’m always scared it will bite either the cats or the dog when she tries to ‘protect’ her cats.

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      3. I have witnessed kittens sharing their food dish with possums and raccoons, although the older cats seem more cautious. I don’t want to give the impression that I feed the wild animals, which is against the rules, so I try not to feed the cats after dusk. The raccoons especially love bread, and the possum will also munch on a chunk of bread. They are apparently vegetarians.

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      4. I wasn’t suggesting that you fed them deliberately! I live with enough wild animals and birds to know they’re opportunists. πŸ™‚ Just recently I’ve been trying to discourage two cheecky cockatoos from uprooting my parsley. I grow it in pots and the little monsters just come along, nibble a bit and pull up the rest. -sigh-

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      5. my husband, who was a farmer, fought a decades long battle with groundhogs. A single animal could devour hundreds of small plants like cabbage… and they dig holes all over which are big enough for a human to crawl through. Deer are infamous for helping themselves to gardens.

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      6. They’re not really so bad but…they do spit/sneeze. They’ve done it to me a number of times and I have to spend 1/2 an hour in the shower to scrub off the ‘snot’ or whatever it is. :/

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      7. OMG – just looked it up and you’re absolutely right! They are members of the same family, sort of. Thank goodness the alpacas don’t smell quite as bad as camels!

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      8. I do toss out the occasional chunk of bread the possums and raccoons, but they also enjoy cat food and will basically eat pretty much anything. They are vegetarians, as far as I know.

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      9. There’s a very thin fox that hoovers up any bread left over after the magpies eat what they want. I try very hard not to leave food where the fox can get it because I’m scared it’ll eat poor Mogi one day but…it’s so thin and it’s the tail end of winter here. I argued with myself for a whole hour, then I took some meat offcuts and threw them over the fence, way down the back so it would get at least one decent meal. -sigh-

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      10. Coyotes are smaller than wolves but bigger than foxes. They will attack other animals, or pets. They howl at the moon. They are common out west in the desert states Arizona, etc. (coyote 101)

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      11. speaking of preying animals… our #45 continues to out-do himself; now he thinks he’s some third world dictator. At least my wild beliefs don’t stick out as unusual, there are people “in charge” who get it when it comes to possible treson spelling intentional

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      12. FYI the cat, Barbara, has brought the girl kitten only my deck. She is apparently still too young to be alone, but Barbara is weaning her. Other cats take turns kitten sitting. The boy cat, Tiger, stays next door most of the time. B apparently checks in on him regularly. The little girl, Callie, sits right outside the door and looks adorable, stands in the food dish, and so forth.

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      13. Barbara apparently took Callie back home, which is actually very near next door and forms one big compound so to speak. I think she will be happier there because there are other kittens and younger cats to play with. The cats here are older and not playful, boring for a young kitten!

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      14. she is trying to wean this little one, Callie, and hides from her in tall grass in my back yard, Tiger aka Little Grey stays next door most of the time. I think Barbara is hoping Callie will get used to staying here with Peggy and the other outdoor cats. Callie will let me pet her, after a fashion, but she is leery.

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      15. Barbara has had numerous kittens over the years, it is only very recently that she has been hanging around here and we even get to see the kittens. Barbara defied being captured by the APL in the trap-fix-release project about five years ago.

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