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Sorry if I told this one before but I had a really small possum come to see me last night and steal some cat food and he went all the way around my fenced in yard where my lab/who knows what mix is at to get to my front porch and it reminded me of back before I had the fenced in yard. My lab mix is a very sweet dog. She's playful, energetic, loves people and will kill any small critter that moves including cats. I don't know what she has mixed with the lab. She was abandoned by my neighbor so I took her in. Lab's already have a high prey drive but this dog's is off the chart so I temporarily put her on a chain to stop her from killing small animals. Now when I say chain it was about a 30 or 35 footer so she pretty much had the run of the yard and I started buying supplies to put a chain fence up. Run lines did not work with her. She's too strong and would rip them right out of the ground or trees.

One night I came outside and saw this dead possum out in her area and I was like oh no, poor thing. I like possums so I got some gloves on and a trash bag and grabbed my shovel and went out there and checked it out and it smelled like it was dead. It was also hard as a brick. Rigor Mortis had sent in and it just looked horrible. Thankfully my dog isn't the kind that likes to bother with things after it kills them so it doesn't chew on them or play with their corpses or anything and she wasn't even showing the slightest of bit of interest in the dead possum. So I bent down to pick it up and had just grabbed it when I realized what the h$%^ I was doing. All of a sudden it hit me. Hold on a second, this is a freaking possum. What do possums do? They play possum or play dead. So I went in and looked it up online and kept finding this exact same picture when it came to possums playing dead:



That looked exactly like the dead possum in my yard right down to how it was laying and it even had it's jaw open slightly. If I had taken a picture it would have resembled the one above perfectly. So I decided to leave it alone and just sit and wait to see what would happen. My dog had by this point gone in her dog house and I was sort of afraid to move the possum. I didn't want it waking up on me and biting me or attracting too much attention to it since my dog was leaving it alone so I sat on the porch and just kept an eye on it. About two hours later it was really dark outside by this point and I think I see some slight movement. After a few more minutes I see another really slight movement. After that I watched it slowly get up and creep away into the night. I feel bad because I was all ready to put that poor thing in a bag and bury it lol. That would have sucked. Possums literally have the perfect defense against my dog. They don't so much as play dead as their body goes into shock. It's really rough on them so it's not nice to scare them. They have NO control over their ability. Look it up sometime. They're not really "playing" dead but are going into this major shock that shuts down their body to mimic death like a mini possum coma. Anyway, my dog is inside of a nice fence now with lots of room to run and play and I no longer have to worry about my cats or any other critters. I hate that my dog does that. She's so sweet but I've tried everything including clicker training but when it comes to small animals (except dogs that is) she will always try to kill them even if I'm out there. She's extremely obedient in every other regard. I'm not willing to get rid of her or put her down for my failing so a fence was the best alternative for everyone. Much better than the old chain even if it was super long.

Do you have any fun or weird wild animal stories? If so I'd love to hear them.
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Posted 12 days ago
I actually think possums are cute.
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*cough* opossum *cough*
you sure it was dead it could have been playing opossum
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uncletim wrote:

*cough* opossum *cough*
you sure it was dead it could have been playing opossum


It can do that? But isn't it....im-possum-ble to do so?
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PeripheralVisionary wrote:


uncletim wrote:

*cough* opossum *cough*
you sure it was dead it could have been playing opossum


It can do that? But isn't it....im-possum-ble to do so?



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I feel your pain. My wonderful dog is a Boxer/Siberian Husky mix and that Husky side really shows when it comes to her prey drive. She has come close to getting the possum that lives around here, but she has killed bunnies, squirrels, birds, and snakes. Thankfully, she most kills them by them being shocked to death and then she doesn't have interest anymore. Most of my coworkers are so creeped out and don't understand how I deal with the dead animals. You kind of get used to it.
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I've found injured possums on the road and picked them up (with gloves) without being bitten, but I worry more about disease. I've heard from wildlife rehabilitators that possums either can't get rabies or are very unlikely to transmit it to humans, but I don't know what the truth is. Unfortunately in North Carolina rehabilitators can't legally help animals that have a higher rabies risk, such as raccoons. With possums you also have the issue that a female could have pups still alive in her pouch.

I've had cats that kill wildlife, but they also bring baby squirrels, mice, snakes, frogs, etc. alive. There were two cats here recently, but last summer I think a dog came and killed one. Maybe the culprit wasn't a dog, but the evidence points in that direction.

Find a hognose snake if you want to see a really elaborate fake death. If bluffing fails, a hognose snake thrashes around, ending upside down with its tongue hanging out, sometimes bleeding from the mouth, and releases a smell of death - but if put right side up it will probably roll over again.
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I found a dead crow in elementary school once, so I brought it inside the building lolz freaked everyone out
sometime later, this guy came to my front door asking for my neighbor -this was after highschool mind you- and he said
hey I know you, you are that kid that brought in the crow

I was like...oh god how does he remember me
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The three separate occasions in different places I found possums, they were in trash cans. None of them were playing dead and all of them hissed. One occasion it was an entire possum family, I think it gave birth inside the can. They always ran off after left the cans alone...

Predator scare:
Hmm, funny stories... Well, we took our chihuahuas out to a plot of land we own in the Tyler area of east Texas and let them play. These are mini chihuahuas too so they were extra small. Had a scare when a hawk about 10 times bigger than them flew over the field while they were playing out there. It picked up a rodent and we thought one of our dogs got taken. They both came running back when we called but alas, my mother was already crying.

Awkward:
I'm sure everyone has heard the donkey in the street story...

Is it me or does it seem like every graduation in a large indoor arena has a bat trapped inside trying frantically to escape? Those are usually good for a distraction since you're trying not to fall asleep.

Video game - level up!:
Sometimes you end up seeing a real life example of something you've only seen in video games. We were doing some demolition, tearing down a building that was very old for some property we sold because it was part of the agreement. This building ancient and infested. We had knocked down pretty much everything and were clearing out the remaining parts of the walls. My brother-in-law was there helping. He was tearing out some sheet-rock that was still attached to the floor and had to move a piece that was covering a the next section he needed to work on. When he moved the piece of broken wall a field rat, about the size of a human head, jumped out at him. When I say jump, I mean this thing leaped 5 feet in the air. It did this over and over. So commenced the video game seen. With his mighty claw hammer he smote the vile fiend (field rat) with the blunt end. Of ten swings, six blows landed, and after the sixth blow the attacking field rat was finally out of HP... After a brief respite, the boss rat came out. Clearly being under-equipped, we fled waited for the monster leave from a safe distance.
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Our pet cats used to hunt all sorts, insects, frogs, lizards, birds. It being so hot in the Caribbean,it was our habit to leave all windows and doors wide open. One day I heard a scampering sound and realised that a cat had chased something into the sitting room, under the sofa. I bent down to look under the sofa and there was this green iridescent iguana, hiding from the cat. It was over a foot long and quite pretty with hints of rainbow colours in the green. I let it be. Eventually it managed to find its way outside again. I think the cat had been too ambitious
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I ran into a pack of coyotes when leaving school. We just looked at each other and said "Na, fuck that." Those coyotes were chill.
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idk

i've eaten a lot of wild animals though
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