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Nov 14 16 12:04 AM

Terry, I wouldn't worry about it. only 5% of the population is susceptible. If you want, I can box you up a fully road prepped softshell armadillo. We call them possums out here. I know how to spot the good one's so you don't get that typical Michelin flavor. I'll pack it special in pokeberry too. All you will need is garlic, butter and a Colt 45 Malt Liquor. They are certified leprosy free and the petroleum content is less than 30%. Trust me, it's the good stuff.

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Nov 14 16 1:41 PM

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Softshell Armadillo.... For something that only comes out at night they are all over the roads in the morning. I think I have seen one living possum in my life and that was living in a litttle house made for a cat.


 

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i once woke up to a ransacked bedroom in college in Denton, TX. I was thinking I had been burglarized overnight. I freaked out when I heard some(one?) stirring... turns out a possum had gotten in somehow and gone apeshit in the place. I called animal control, and a huge country-ass dude came in, grabbed the thing by the tail, and walked out with the critter hissing and drooling all over the floor. He never said a word.

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Nov 14 16 5:16 PM

soapfoot wrote:
 a huge country-ass dude 

this description is causing me no small amount of amusement.

kind of amazing the possum let him get close enough to grab.

last time i was at my folks place...it's midnight, everyone's asleep except me (as usual), i stepped outside for a bit of herbal refreshment, like you do....i hear a rustling sound coming from inside the garage. in the country at night, such things are LOUD. it sounded like a rhino in there. so i get a flashlight, go in and there's a little skunk helping himself to some treats from the garbage. he gives me a barely-perceptible look and proceeds to shuffle off in the most nonchalant "wasn't me!" way possible. it was cute.

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Nov 14 16 8:43 PM

I once saw an oppossum on Cortelyou Rd. in Brooklyn. There are houses with yards and it's about a mile from Prospect Park where I have seen racoons and skunks. Cortelyou Rd. is the high street. There was a South Asian man who saw it too. He looked at me with a confused look and said "rat?". I told him what it was.

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Nov 14 16 11:23 PM

Paul, that's my neighborhood. More than once I've come home to a staredown with one on my front steps.

to tell the truth I think they're kind of cute.

my friend heather in Denton, TX found an orphaned one named Ozzie and raised him up from a baby. He grew BIG and healthy.

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Nov 14 16 11:24 PM

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Skunks are very cute, but be very glad he didn't decide to spray you.

 
Someone recently told me that skunks are pretty reluctant to spray because it takes them some significant amount of time to replenish their supply of scent.  

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Nov 15 16 6:03 AM

Yes mice, bats, a squirrel and a robin. Takes about 6 months for the smell to dissipate. Unless you cut the wall open like I did for the squirrel. That would've taken a year at least as it was a big boy.

Right now we have 20 to 30 flying squirrels in our attic that I've been trying to trap for the last month... it's going to be a long winter. In the spring I have to deal with two groundhogs, one living under the front porch and one under the back screened in porch. Unfortunately they are in hibernation mode right now. I'll probably just shoot those guys when I get the chance. The trappers around here just drown them and having almost drown myself I find that way too cruel.

Having lost Bentley, Dread and Sparky two years ago the wildlife around here has really come home to roost. Living in the country you really needs dogs and cats. Really...

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Nov 15 16 11:51 AM

you need cats in the city too. hell no one should be without a cat anywhere!

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i cut the wall open to get the dead mouse out. was the only option, the smell was just unbearable. that was an awful thing to have to do. poor fella. 

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Nov 15 16 2:55 PM

I always find it surprising that so much wildlife survives in the city. I have a soft spot for the only North American marsupial too.

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Nov 15 16 9:18 PM

soapfoot wrote:
i once woke up to a ransacked bedroom in college in Denton, TX. I was thinking I had been burglarized overnight. I freaked out when I heard some(one?) stirring... turns out a possum had gotten in somehow and gone apeshit in the place. I called animal control, and a huge country-ass dude came in, grabbed the thing by the tail, and walked out with the critter hissing and drooling all over the floor. He never said a word.


​I am not a "huge country-ass dude", but I once I had to remove a possum from my garage. I heard a commotion in the garage and went out there not knowing what to expect. It was a possum and it looked more like a giant rat in the glare of a flashlight. I cornered it, picked it up by the tail and walked it to a nearby creek where I let it go. It hissed like some kind of a devil the entire time. I'm not sure I'd do something like that anymore. 

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Nov 16 16 8:32 AM

gold wrote:
I always find it surprising that so much wildlife survives in the city. I have a soft spot for the only North American marsupial too.

The city introduced them to help control rats some years back. In Ditmas Park and Kensington, they multiplied considerably, and while not a problem, aren't too rare to see these days.

Some years ago I witnessed a hilarious exchange over a possum in my neighborhood. It's funnier delivered out loud due to timing, but I'll try...

So there was this hodgepodge pack of 6-10 Brooklyn kids of various ages, sizes and backgrounds that would roam my neighborhood together. Some on foot, some on bicycles, some or Razor scooters, ranging from about 8 to 13 in age. In the group there were some Brooklyn lifers, some children of immigrants... a whole range of backgrounds.

One day as I was walking to the CVS I saw them come upon a possum on the sidewalk on Ditmas avenue, and the possum ducks down a little alleyway behind a building. The kids all huddle together, determined to chase the thing down and find out more about it.

One of the oldest kids, on a bicycle, in a heavily Spanish-tinged Brooklyn accent, is like... "yo... don't be messing with that thing, yo..."

He was probaby in about the 6th grade. The rest of the kids ignored him and proceeded to close in on the creature, who was now starting to feel cornered and beginning to hiss..

"yo... that shit will BITE you, yo..."

...kids ignore him

"... PSSH!  I'm out" and he hops on his bike and pedals like hell.  Maybe you had to be there but it was the funniest exchange I've ever seen.

 

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