Life in the mountains
Photo by Christina Rutz
By LEE GAREN
One down and at least one more to go!
We’ve had two possums, that we know of, living under our home here in the North Carolina mountains. They have been fun to watch at night when they come up on our back porch but pesty getting into our trash can…sometimes tipping it and spreading garbage around like a wild buffet.
It’s been cute when they’ve gotten trapped in the bottom of the can unable to get out on their own. Kind of unsettling as you spot a little face staring at you as you go to toss more into the can. I’ve had to tip it on its side more than once to allow them to escape only to find them cowering still at the bottom an hour later. So, a few smacks on the bottom of the can sends them scurrying for home!
My wife even set up a special bowl for the possums and put out dry cat food so she could watch them eat and clean themselves. I admit it was a bit entertaining but there is better entertainment on television or at Walmart!
We have a security camera on the back porch so we always heard them when they came nosing around. One night, an opossum got into the box where we put empty plastic bottles to take to the area trash dump. Talk about a racket!
It sounded like the back porch was caving in or being demolished! We both leaped to the floor before even opening our eyes.
Then our landlord, who has his barns about two acres away, started losing chickens until they were all gone! None eaten, just necks broken. While I don’t think a possum will do that, he felt different and my father-in-law did too.
That is when we decided to allow the live trap to be set up.
As the possum we caught overnite looked at us from the cage, he seemed to be saying “can you turn this thing on its side so I can waddle home?” We said goodbye to Spencer and Chuck turned and exclaimed, “You named him!”
“Well, that was my wife’s idea from a story I wrote about a stuffed possum named Spencer that was dropped on New Years Eve in a Georgia town,” I replied. Chuck chuckled as he got in his pickup and said, “This Spencer is getting dropped, too, but without the celebration!” And he drove off with part of our entertainment.
I just hope when we catch the other one that Chuck takes it to the same area because, after all, they might be husband and wife! I would hate to live with the guilt of being a ”den wrecker” as life goes on here in the mountains.
Copyright 2012 Lee Garen
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Posted by Gary
on Jun 11 2012. Filed under Arts/Media/Culture
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