Thursday, August 15, 2013

Holy Sh!t

I was just sitting here in my urban New Orleans backyard, 6:15 a.m., and a possum walked out from under my fence and scurried up to within two feet of me, at which point I said "holy sh!t", at which point it noticed me, at which point it turned around and scurried back under the fence. Possum. My backyard. Weird. (Where does it live?)

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous12:11 PM

    Wow! Check out "opossum" at Wikipedia. They really do "play dead". What a fascinating animal!!!

    When an opossum is "playing possum", the animal's lips are drawn back, the teeth are bared, saliva foams around the mouth, the eyes close or half-close, and a foul-smelling fluid is secreted from the anal glands. The stiff, curled form can be prodded, turned over, and even carried away without reaction.[citation needed] The animal will typically regain consciousness after a period of between 40 minutes and 4 hours, a process that begins with slight twitching of the ears.[16]

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  2. I have had several close encounters with possums including the one I touched as a child when i stuck my hand in a dark barrel and felt this weird thing. Talk about Holy ....!

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