Tuesday, March 20, 2012

ABC Wednesday - J is for Jail

J is for Jail..........

an opposum in a cage


When I first came around the corner of the house, I thought he was dead.

Rolled over on his side, with his tongue hanging out, he had me feeling very bad.

We wanted to catch this opposum in the have-a-heart trap so we could relocate him as we did his brother last fall.

I had forgotten to check the trap for a day or so - it had been set for a couple of weeks with no luck.

I was chastising myself about how my negligence had caused the poor thing to die a horrible death with no food or water.

I summoned my husband to come check him out.

When we rounded the corner this time - this is what he looked like.

Standing with his teeth barred, looking all fierce and threatening.

I tell you, I certainly felt a whole lot better.

Not that I want him around living under my house though.

He was set free a couple miles away to hopefully find his relative from last autumn.

But my husband was quick to let me know that he might have been the same one as last fall.

They can easily find their way back home.

I figure that if he can do that but is stupid enough to get himself in jail a second time, it can't be the same one.


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  1. In the big house!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  2. Not too fond of possums. They look too much large rats. Their teeth and claws look pretty fearsome.

  3. Amusing but I'm sure glad you didn't get bitten and I hope he doesn't come back to "git ya!" for jailing him up! lol

    abcw team

  4. I have never seen an opposum besides in a zoo probably ! I thought it was a mouse, lol !

  5. So gl;ad he survived and well done you for using a humane trap.

  6. Great post. I was wondering too if he might just be the same one as last year. Glad to see the 'humane' jails work! Good luck and have a great week.

  7. Oh my goodness! It looks like it could make a mess if those teeth sunk into someone. My dog found one wandering in the backyard. I was scared my dog would be torn to shreds. Luckily, my dog came when I called her. She rarely minds me! Good thing for her, she did that time.

  8. Oh no, I won't like him f= to be around either. Congrats on winning the prize at ABC.

    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

  9. Scary looking critter.
    I guess he was demonstrating the saying about "playing opposum".
    Glad you caught him and gave him a new home.

  10. We had to do the same thing. Too man opossoms with babies living under the house, we trapped them and had to move them. We would catch them in the middle of the night but would wait til morning to release them somewhere else. I always felt bad, including the raccoons we caught. The worse was the skunk.


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