Sunday, November 16, 2008

O-possums are the scariest creatures alive

Two weekends ago a friend asked us to house sit and watch their dogs. Everything went fine except for coming face to face with an opossum.

((it looked something like this))

We let the dogs out and I noticed Roxy staring at something up on the fence. At first I thought it was a raccoon. I figured, hey, I can deal with a I stepped closer to analyze the situation.

After a lot of squinting I realized, HOLY SHITBALLS it's an opossum!!!! Roxy and Alex are going ape shit over it...lunging at it, fighting each other over it, and barking incessantly. (Meanwhile Bebe is totally oblivious). I'm screaming leave it and come on...they ignore me of course. I was just scared that it might jump down into the yard and bite one of the dogs or me...thankfully it didn't jump down because I'm sure I would have soiled myself.

I ran back in the house and got the boy and told him. He came out and helped get the dogs inside. He had to get a food bowl and shake it for them to leave it alone. I came back outside with the flashlight and inched closer and closer to it. I think it was sick or pregnant because it didn't run. It just sat there staring at me...with those beady little eyes! Wow I was soooo freaked out. I don't know what it is but they are just freaky looking.

Eventually it went on it's way and all was good again. If I never seen one again, I'll be fine with that.

By the way, this is what you find when you type "opossum attacks" in Google:

Opossum attack lands man in jail

NASHUA, N.H. - A moment of marsupial mayhem has landed a New Hampshire man in jail for 30 days.

David Jimenez was sentenced Wednesday by a New Hampshire district court after pleading no contest to a charge that he assaulted another man with an opossum, the Nashua Telegraph newspaper reported.

Jimenez was arrested in January after he thrust the animal at two men outside a Nashua social club. The opossum bit one of the men on the hand, police said.

The victim, Shane Barry, said they had approached Jimenez because he was acting suspiciously near some cars. Jimenez had apparently been attempting to coax the animal out of hiding.

Opossums, which resemble large rats, are relatively common in southern New Hampshire. They are the only marsupials found in North American and are probably best known for their ability to ward off enemies by feigning death.

Jimenez, 34, of Nashua, will be allowed to serve his sentence on weekends. In agreeing to plead no contest to the assualt charge, another wildlife-related charge was dropped, the newspaper reported. The opossum fled the scene after the incident.

LOL!!! That last sentence makes the article priceless!!!

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