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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-28-2007, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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Over the past few months I've spotted raccoons, opossums, and even birds digging into cat food I've left out for the ferals, so I figured it would just be a matter of time before a non-cat ended up in my trap, too. Sure enough, last night we accidentally caught...



Not just an opossum, but an albino opossum!

I'm sure that all nature's creatures are beautiful in their own way, but...bleh! He looked like a creature out of a horror movie.

I've always heard that they can be viscious when cornered, but despite how it looks in the picture, he actually sat there quietly the whole time. He kept opening and closing his mouth, but never made a sound. He was too scared to even leave the trap without some coaxing.

They are also supposed to potentially carry diseases in their saliva, so after he was gone, I bleached the trap and everything around it. And I think I'll hold off trapping or free-feeding anybody for a week or two -- I want this boy to move on to someone else's yard, a safe distance away from my little cat colony.
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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-28-2007, 06:38 PM
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Awwwww, poor little SCARY, CREEPY, GOT-CHASED-BY-ONE-AND-NEVER-GOT-OVER-IT guy.

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It was inevitable, Jet Green, but an albino? Who expects that? I would have been rather nervous too.




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post #4 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-30-2007, 06:53 PM
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OMG! How awesome! An albino! Being a wildlife rehabber I think that is neat. Possums DON"T carry rabies. Their body temperature is too low for it to survive. Other diseases, I don't really know, but they are basically harmless.
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The one we had in our duct work over the winter didn't give a lick that we were there staring at it through the vent in our dining room as it went from one end of the house to the other. lol The mouth opening/closing it was displaying was a scare tactic. They try and bluff things to leave them alone and if this doesn't work they usually will then go into their play dead schtick. I thought it was a dog when I first looked at it. An albino possum, that is just so cool. Here was our possum, which I ended up naming Opie since he basically spent the last two months of winter holed up in our duct work to the point that our landlord trapped him, took him miles from here and released him and he came back!



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I was watching a talk show the other night, and they had one of those animal people on there, and sure enough, he brought out baby possums!!! All I could think of was this thread! Even the babies have creepy big feet, though.

But he did confirm that they do not carry rabies.

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That's good to know about the rabies! It's too late though, I already sprayed bleach all over the trap, and now the metal is oxidizing or something. The texture has changed and it feels gross to touch it now.

I haven't seen the little guy since that night, but he's probably lurking somewhere nearby, waiting for more cat food.
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Try carefully releasing a skunk out of a trap! Happened to me it was a very tense moment!

I feed a possum that comes about every night. I got to know him and call him Diesel. Sometimes I put a boil egg out for him. Yeah I know you should not feed wildlife but since human's took away alot of his home range away I think a free meal makes up for it a little. Even the ferals know Diesel.
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Try carefully releasing a skunk out of a trap! Happened to me it was a very tense moment!
No thanks, Gina! I'll leave that up to you! What an experience!




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Try carefully releasing a skunk out of a trap! Happened to me it was a very tense moment!
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