It was the day before Christmas

And all through the house, not a creature was…

Opps, well actually, there was this soft rustling noise coming from the (formerly) clean laundry in the bedroom, at about 3 am.
And finally a pink, decidedly non-feline, snout came out.

And he refused to be prodded out of the house with the broom either.
(Well, it was cold and wet out there.)
So I went and got the have-a-heart trap, baited it with catfood, and shut him in the bedroom with it.
And in the morning we had this:

Except that to be strictly accurate you have to do what the possum did:
Stick his jaw through the mesh, and rotate him 90 degrees, until it jams, and catches on his teeth.
Evidently he was trying to chew his way out.
I tried to prod him enough to free his jaw, but he wasn't cooperative.
Finally I had to call in Animal Services to come and free him.
At that point he was utterly stressed, so they took him away to recover.
But don't worry.
State law apparently says they have to return him to the exact place they picked him up.
He'll be back.

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22 responses to this post.

  1. Oh, my goodness! Good thing you have a trap. Any idea how he got into your bedroom?

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  2. We put in a fancy catdoor.One of the ones you need a magnet on the collar to open.And it works beautifully.Except that Wolfie can't figure out how to open a catflap with his head, because he is beautiful, but a little retarded.So we have to leave the catflap taped open when he's out.Sometimes the possum comes in before Wolfie does, and I chase him out if I see or hear him.But we were away for a week, collecting Sair in London, and no one was around to discourage him.Catsitter was good, and cats were all fine, but he wasn't around enough to prevent possum from settling in.(And possum has long been convinced that he ought to be part of the family – he's always so hurt when I chase him out.)

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  3. That is so hysterical….I remember you posting about him a few months ago.

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  4. Oh my garsh! That possum was probably someone's beloved housecat in a previous life!! He wants to be part of your fambly!!!!Poor guy…they are so ugly they are cute…and they are so primitive and scary looking! Oy!!!

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  5. Yeesh…possums these days! lolI can just see a "rawwwwr!" caption

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  6. He's definitely entirely ready to just move in with us.We keep explaining to him that he is a wild animal, but he just looks at the food dishes and thinks we are nuts.And he loves cream too, though he is a really messy drinker.(Cream is for Wolfie, who has a taste for the high life, being formerly feral.)

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  7. In the vast pantheon of animals, possums are not the brightest. Still, you have to give him props for figuring out the cat door better than the cat.

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  8. That possum was probably someone's beloved housecat in a previous life!!LOL, Lauri, you remember that posting!! Do not let Animal Control in your house if he wants to return Mr. Possie to the bedroom.I don't know why these little dudes just crack me up. "Messy drinker."

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  9. Do not let Animal Control in your house if he wants to return Mr. Possie to the bedroom.
    You make me laugh, jaypo. Would putting the laundry away count as natural habitat destruction?

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  10. LOL! In my house it does.

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  11. that's why I put cage and possum on the front porch.Well, that, and to be able to scrub the floor.Possums are a little messy, especially when upset.Habitat distruction, exactly, and major redecoration as well.

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  12. It isn't so much that Wolfie is dim, more that he is highly instinctive.I'm not sure why, but for some reason the using the flap is unnatural and anti-cat and not the kind of thing real cats do, thank you.He is intensely bothered by the tv too.(Especially car chases, which can drive him out of the house.)

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  13. Heee! In my house, too, jaypo. I am pretty sure there is an endangered species of burrowing wol living under my neatly folded piles of clean laundry in my bedroom. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  14. Possums are a little messy, especially when upset.Look at they mouths! Made for messy eating.

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  15. Why is it so hard?? At least it's clean…

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  16. Yeah, at least it's clean! I has piles, but they iz clean piles. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  17. lauo, did you see this CO gem? Possum Carrollers

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  18. This is so wrong.

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  19. I had clean piles, but possums are messy beasts.

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  20. It just slayed me how it says "For Pete's sake, just give them the figgy pudding!" (or something like that)…."they won't go until they get some"! Hee!

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  21. LOL great story, we had one that took up residence in the garage and it was smelly.They are not dirty so much as smelly and it at least picked one spot for it's toilet.

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  22. Just not really good pet material.

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