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?)


  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]

  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 ....!