Thursday, November 23, 2006

Useful Info about Opossums

The two most interesting things I found out about possums:

1. "Playing possum" isn't a choice, it's a reflex triggered by extreme fear. Also, pretty much every one of their defense mechanisms involves disgusting bodily functions.

2. They can get rabies, but rarely do because their body temperature is too low to make the rabies virus comfy enough to thrive.

9 comments:

Howlin' Hobbit said...

Boy, that link not only doesn't show up as a link, it crawls off the side of my screen (here in the dining room) and ends somewhere in the living room.

Perhaps redoing it like this?

Oh... and I know what to do. Shoot it, it's good eatin'!

(My Tennessee roots showing.)

Brother Atom Bomb of Reflection said...

I put the link in the title. I wish I had thought of that, HH, because it would have been just in time for the holidays. This possum would have fed 20 people.

Don't know what kind of gravy the giblets would have made, though.

Donita said...

Possums are the stupidest fuckin' animals on the planet. There aren't as many here as there are in Northern California. They seem to wait by the side of the road until they see a car (MY car) coming and then they dart out in front of you. I don't know how many times I almost killed myself trying to avoid hitting the little fuckers.

Everyone who knows me knows I'm a peace loving, tree hugging, dirt worshipping liberal and I love all the leetle animals.

Except them fuckin' possums.

vivage said...

We have lots of opposum stories. Our dogs seem to kill a few every year.

Like the time mama 'possum left all her babies in the grass. They were all hissing and creeping the grass.

And the time (it might have been the same time as the babies) when BillyC threw a soda can at a 'possum and it bonked it right on the 'possums forehead. His aim is not normally so good.

Nuff: You might be interested in this teeny extension for your browser: http://mozmonkey.com/tinyurl/ It takes a long url and changes it to a tiny url. Helps so one does not have to scroll due to long urls.

vivage said...

you'll have to copy and paste that link cuz I was too lazy to make it into a link. LOL.

Brother Atom Bomb of Reflection said...

Do: You must really have possum issues.

Billy Canary said...

It was an El Nino midnight in December when I chucked the can at the possum. But it wasn't a soda. It was a half-full can of Guiness and I nailed the filthy beast right between the eyes.
A horrible waste of stout on an embarassment to all mammals.

Brother Atom Bomb of Reflection said...

I think you guys need to read the FAQ entitled "There's and Opossum inMy Backyard, What Do I DO?." It might show you why the possum isn't such a bad creature.

And maybe HH would re-think the whole "good eatin'" thing too, I mean, once he sees on what possums dine.

Donita said...

Bill- HAR!

Jeff- Yes, I do have possum issues. They've tried to kill me on several occasions.