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Possum Thinks He's A Cat

One of the neat things about living on the edge of the woods is the occasional visitors we get coming up on the porch to sample the cat food. This little fellow has been around a few times. I wonder if he (I'm assuming it's a he) used to come with his momma in previous years and knows he can get an easy meal at our place when the weather gets cold.

The opossum doesn't come out until well after dark, well after the cats have eaten their fill. And he is very neat, unlike the racoons that tend to leave a mess. I can always tell when the racoons have been to the cat bowl because they tend to leave bits of food in the water.

Tonight the opossum didn't even flinch when I opened the wooden door. He just turned around and looked at me behind the storm door glass looking at him. Even when I popped the latch on the storm door all he did was stop eating the food and get a drink from the water bowl. Then he went back to eating. I took the picture above through the door with no flash, relying on the porch light.

DW Davis

This smaller picture was taken with the flash as Mr. Possum scooted off the porch back to the woods. He didn't mind me behind the door but he decided me reaching out the door to take his picture was not to be put up with. The picture is a little blurry as I was moving to try and get the shot before he made it off the porch.

K wants me to do something to scare him off but I don't want to traumatize the little guy. I do think the camera flash tonight may cause him to think twice before he comes back any time soon.

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I think I'll call him George.

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Lillybell wrote on October 26, 2015, 9:56 PM

Those little guys can be scary! I watched a show on TV where some expert was removing one from under a lady's house. He was viciously growling and showing his teeth! I don't think they are as bad as raccoons are, but they sure are scary!

morilla wrote on October 26, 2015, 10:43 PM

The opossum that live out back set off the neighbor's dogs ALL night long. We used to (and still occasionally do) get deer that would feed in the garden or off the back porch. They used to like to keg up in the tall grass out back. With the drought, however, that grass has been cut down/back so it's not as good at concealment as it used to be.

Paulie wrote on October 26, 2015, 11:13 PM

I see that you have a new friend. On the farm, my sister used to feed a lot of cats, and some of their food was eaten by racoons. They became so bad that my brother had to trap and shot them.

allen0187 wrote on October 26, 2015, 11:32 PM

Great photographs considering the situation these were taken. I don't think you traumatized the little guy and I bet he'll be back real soon.

wolfgirl569 wrote on October 26, 2015, 11:41 PM

It will take more than the flash to scare him for long. George says he is not sure about sharing his name with an possum. He knows they can be dangerous to horses

FourWalls wrote on October 26, 2015, 11:57 PM

My aunt (in a very urban area) feeds stray cats, and I've seen an opossum on her back porch a time or two. Apparently they like cat food!

Friends of mine lived in an apartment complex north of Nashville that backed up to a wooded area, and they had possums all the time. They named one of them "George" after George Jones, whose nickname was "the Possum." emoticon :grin:

bestwriter wrote on October 27, 2015, 1:17 AM

I hope you refill your cat's bowl just for this harmless creature emoticon :smile:

Rufuszen wrote on October 27, 2015, 8:02 AM

I've never seen a real possum, over here it is more likely to be hedgehogs

JohnRoberts wrote on October 27, 2015, 9:01 AM

I just do not like possums. They are so creepy like giant rats with long tails and snouts.

markgraham wrote on October 27, 2015, 10:45 AM

George seems to fit him. You should be more careful with night animals you can never be to sure about how they will react at various times, but you know that. I used to live beside the woods a long time ago and there were many surprises to be found. Maybe if you get more acquainted with this opossum you could have sort of a pet. Or not.

Feisty56 wrote on October 27, 2015, 2:39 PM

You are much kinder to that possum than I would be. I generally love all things in nature, but possums are simply overgrown rats in my mind. One doesn't have to live near the woods to encounter possums -- they are now in cities and towns raiding garbage cans since we've taken over so much of their habitat.

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 28, 2015, 8:42 AM

The opossum's appearance is frightening and then cornered the can turn vicious. If they have a way to escape, they will run.

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 28, 2015, 8:49 AM

We have a doe that nests in our woods each fall. The woods are in too close a proximity to homes for hunting so it is a safe haven. Our dogs run to the fence and bark their heads off but the doe has learned that the dogs can't get outside the fence. I've seen her out there and she just stared at me.