I had a completely different topic for my ‘nightly transmission’, but I visited my friend Sue’s space (http://cantgitsngoutmyhead.spaces.live.com/) and she had written a story about an Oppossum that , ummm… passed away under her house…. for a FEW days! It STUNK!!(Aside: You should all visit Sue’s space!! And while you’re there, check out her new PUBLISHED book, ‘Blindsided’)
OK! back to my story. About 8 years ago, part of our yard was very overgrown and I would find Oppossums hiding under the debris. Actually, my dogs would find the for me!! (Thanks guys!). One night (isn’t it ALWAYS at night??) I heard some particularly loud and rabid barking! I knew it had to be Old Mister ‘Possum!!! My faithful Sheltie, Beatrice, had cornered another varmint!! I ran outside with a flashlight prepared to handle the situation with my usual bravery and heroism……. and pick the sucker up and throw it in my neighbor’s yard!!! (They usually don’t come back…).
But to my surprise I found not ONE Possum but 3… babies… and NO Mom!! So I grabbed a cage from the garage and loaded their smelly butts in! (I had thoughts of starting an Oppossum farm, but they didn’t last long!)
A few hours later… More barking!! Damn!! So back I go with the flashlight and this time, gloves!! EWWWWW!!!!! I point the flashlight down hoping the this one was the mother but…… Uh Oh!!! 4 more babies!! I put them in the cage….. I have 7 now!
I won’t go into detail about 13 in one small cage, but let’s just get one thing straight!! These things STINK!! ONE stinks!!! Imagine 13!!
I had to get rid of them!! Nicely! (Not like Mrs Serious Dad would do it! His idea of being humane is to trap them in a ‘safe trap’, and even leaving them a way out if they can find it!! Then he pops then in the head with a hammer!!)
Anyhow, I came up with a plan to dispose of them safely… into nature, of course!! So I loaded up the "13 Dwarves" cage in the back of my truck and off we went to a local park. A HUGE park!! With lakes and woods… and Lions and Tigers and Bears!!! Oh MY!!! (Ahem!) So I get to the park entrance and the sign says, $13.00 per vehicle!! WHAT?? I guess I hadn’t been there for awhile… So I pay the $13.00 and start driving aound, looking for a good spot to dump my boys off!
I eventually came to a nice spot!! Close to a lake with lots of woodsy stuff growing just behind a fence!! Also, no traffic driving by so I’m pretty much alone.
I take the cage out of the truck. I place it right by the opening in the fence. I open the door. And what do they do??? Immediately run under my truck!!!! Huddled up under my transmission!! I hear a car coming so I lean against the tailgate and try to look casual. Right!!!! I look around and find a long branch lying on the ground and decide to use it to try to chase them out!! It worked!! They all waddled out and walked single-file through the fence and into the woods!! (I think the last one turned around and waved!!)
I haven’t seen many Oppossums since then, but I’ll never forget that!! They really WERE cute!!!! And well worth the money.
One last thing!! Please tell me if you like the song I have playing!! Because I always aim to please!! As for me?? I love it!! It’s sad but you should see the video!! And as you have probably guessed, I LOVE Country music!! !! But also like Moody Blues, Pink Floyd, Procal Harem, Led Zepplin and the Beatles too!! The Stones??? Not so much!!!
Enjoy your Friday and have a GREAT Weekend!!!