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    Possums are harmless. That is how they defend themselves, '"all bark and no bite!"

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    I can't tell you how much I thank you for that. I think they're beautiful actually and I sat there beside that one until someone screamed at me to get away . It was at the high school I worked out in the mountains and I'm surprised now that they were so freaked out about it . I have a couple in the yard that cruise through that I will still lock up my chickens from ,but won't have a fear that was put into me way back when .

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    I can't tell you how much I thank you for that. I think they're beautiful actually and I sat there beside that one until someone screamed at me to get away . It was at the high school I worked out in the mountains and I'm surprised now that they were so freaked out about it . I have a couple in the yard that cruise through that I will still lock up my chickens from ,but won't have a fear that was put into me way back when .
    I was completely ignorant about them too until a few years ago. This is also interesting.
    Opossums: Mother Nature's Clean-Up Crew

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    They also love to sneak in the barn at night and eat the cat food! I have carried a lot of them into the woods. Once when my husband was living, we saw a dead "possum" on the road,and there were about 7 babies on her back,clinging to her. I wanted to bring them home and take care of them. My husband refused to, and you know that memory of those babies has haunted me ever since. So sad.
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    They also love to sneak in the barn at night and eat the cat food! I have carried a lot of them into the woods. Once when my husband was living, we saw a dead "possum" on the road,and there were about 7 babies on her back,clinging to her. I wanted to bring them home and take care of them. My husband refused to, and you know that memory of those babies has haunted me ever since. So sad.
    Aww. I understand how you feel completely.

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    They also love to sneak in the barn at night and eat the cat food! I have carried a lot of them into the woods. Once when my husband was living, we saw a dead "possum" on the road,and there were about 7 babies on her back,clinging to her. I wanted to bring them home and take care of them. My husband refused to, and you know that memory of those babies has haunted me ever since. So sad.
    We had the same thing happen to us, but it was a SKUNK!!! Ray wouldn't let me put the babies in our car for safety, he said they would stink up the car but I have always heard that was a learned behavior.

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    oh my gosh!!!! How could I have ever screamed at that poor critter... I'm in love and will have to inform anyone ever thinking they don't want them around to reconsider.... THANKS!!!! I truly mean that it is much appreciated!
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    I was completely ignorant about them too until a few years ago. This is also interesting.
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    We don't have possums here in Toronto but we do have the biggest urban population of raccoons in the world. They are horrible to have around since they are extremely smart so can get into your attic or garbage cans, vicious when cornered, can now possibly have rabies, and are not scared of anyone or anything. They look cute though LOL

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    when you say "carry" how is it you carry them out?? I used to live in mts and traped 'indoor' mice and would carry them up the road but no touch..... I have a sad story as well On day about 8 years ago, I was in the back of property (I'm in the city but have possum and raccoon on 1/3 acre with chickens) and along the fence was a possum. I stood there admiring it and then saw some little ones peake out from under her. I nearly cried with joy.... (I still loved them even though afraid) . I left her alone but so sadly I went back later to find one of the babies still on the fence, dead.. (do babies know how to play dead?) I figure while she was holding so still she suffocated one against the fence?? Anyway, that is something I carrie in guilt as well thinking I stared too long. I will say that I didn't find the little body so 'mabie' ?? the mom came back and got and it wasn't even really dead?
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    They also love to sneak in the barn at night and eat the cat food! I have carried a lot of them into the woods. Once when my husband was living, we saw a dead "possum" on the road,and there were about 7 babies on her back,clinging to her. I wanted to bring them home and take care of them. My husband refused to, and you know that memory of those babies has haunted me ever since. So sad.

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    @Hankster I carry them out by their tail.They still pretend to be dead when you carry them! I'd say the mother went back and retrieved "your" little possum.
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    This all just blows me away . And until that teacher yelled at me I don't think I had fear of any animal . And from then on I was really been scared of possum . I can't tell you how happy I am to read this stuff :-) thanks for helping me out

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