Thursday, April 19, 2012

Momma Opossum Comes to Visit

Occasionally the ladies like to have visitors over, here at Yolk Tales.

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Today, they got seven.   They have a special distress call they use when we have hungry visitors... however I found this lady in the yard before I had even let them out.  That's why it takes a while before they start going ape shit.

Pardon the shaky-cam, I was in my PJs and hadn't even had my coffee, so I didn't grab the tripod.

This was the first thing I saw when I looked down the yard.  It took me a minute to figure out what exactly I was looking at.

Parents : If you think getting your kid and the stroller and the diaper bag all together to go the playground is hard, just know it could be a lot worse.   This Opossum was backpacking at least six runts.  Perhaps that's why she was ok leaving behind four for dead.

This was followed by a stand off where momma opossum went back and forth waiting for me to get out of the way.

Some how the manage to get over the fence with most of her litter still on her.  However she left four behind for goners.  One made it through and caught up, one has now been taking away by Animal Control and the other two are lurking in my yard tormenting the chickens.  They are surprisingly tame, and are not scared.   They are pretty much blind and use a sort of chirp noise to locate each other.  Surprisingly, Animal Control said they would be rehabilitated and released.  I figured they would have just euthanized them.  Or maybe he was humoring me.  He did mention that he had a recent case where some chickens were lost to a hungry opossum.  Between this and the raccoon I saw in the yard a couple nights ago, maybe it's time to up the Yolk Tale Border Fence.