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  • Most certainly terrifying

  • What is that? A ferret?

    Also, completely unrelated…. A Dolci Gelati shop is confirmed for the O Street Market!!

  • That’s a opossum. They are honestly more scared of us than we should be of them. I don’t mind them – they eat rodents.

    I do sort of find it cute that that one is all curled up like cat (of course while it is there a cat ain’t likely to be interested).

    • Emilie504

      If they eat rodents I will have to change my feelings towards them. Anything that eats rodents is good!

      A friend of mine had one that would come eat cat food with her cats, they were 1 big happy family.

    • Like hell they are, I was charged by one as a child. They are vicious.

  • If you don’t leave a whole tub of cool whip on your porch, the opossums will probably lose interest and move on

  • Had to rescue my 20 lb cat from one of those things before! Hate them.

  • Emilie504

    They terrify me too, not irrational at all!

  • If they don’t terrify you now, wait until you come face to face with one at 4 am and it makes that horrible noise.

    You will know fear.

    • LMAO you will know fear
      That sounds like a tag for a movie.

    • bfinpetworth

      True true, it’s happened to me. I think I’ve finally managed to possum-proof my backyard, because I haven’t seen the little critters in a while. I sealed up all the gaps in my fence and under my deck. But for about a year, it was a frequent occurrence. I hated having to let the dogs out in the middle of the night.

  • That is not an irrational fear- A few years ago I saw one fighting a full grown Golden Retriever. They’re vicious!

  • This is pretty adorable! Thanks for sharing.

  • Hello, possums!

  • Not irrational at all. They are vicious, vile creatures that everyone should steer clear of.

  • I once came out to a flattened and very dead one under my tire – it still scared the crap out of me!

  • msmaryedith

    NOT irrational. They are assholes! Mean, scary assholes!

  • From wikipedia:

    When threatened or harmed, they will “play possum”, mimicking the appearance and smell of a sick or dead animal. This physiological response is involuntary (like fainting), rather than a conscious act. In the case of baby opossums, however, the brain does not always react this way at the appropriate moment, and therefore they often fail to “play dead” when threatened. When an opossum is “playing possum”, the animal’s lips are drawn back, the teeth are bared, saliva foams around the mouth, the eyes close or half-close, and a foul-smelling fluid is secreted from the anal glands. The stiff, curled form can be prodded, turned over, and even carried away without reaction.[citation needed] The animal will typically regain consciousness after a period of between 40 minutes and 4 hours, a process which begins with slight twitching of the ears.

    WHOA! Kinda cool!

  • Uhm what is most concerning to me is that you have what appears to be an axe/sledgehammer at your back door. You might as well 1) leave your doors unlocked, 2) leave your keys in your door.

    • But don’t worry, his asshole, vicious, mean, ugly… (did I forget any adjectives?) GUARD POSSUM will keep all burglars away!

      I think they’re cute. I have some friggin’ HUGE ones around my house. Probably because of my compost pile…

    • But how are you gonna whack invading possums without a sledgehammer?

      ;)

    • Don’t worry, it’s hidden behind a pole where burglars can’t find it.

  • I heard the road was his end.

  • there’s an opossum on our block (11th and P area) that my dog is VERY interested in.
    they’re nasty things with razor sharp teeth – being affraid of them isn’t irrational!

  • Well at least they’re native unlike rats, pigeons, house sparrows, starlings, tiger mosquitoes and so many more. Still, I’d make sure this critter moved along if this were my house. I had one in my back yard but it found a new home on its own. Never really bothered me.

  • Hopefully he’ll eat up some rats and move on.

    http://www.pleasebekind.com/opossum.html

  • what a cute kitty!

  • I am terrified of this picture, because I’ve been bit by one of these things. Set the whole cat condo on fire.

    • Holy funk. How bad was it – did you need stitches or rabies shots? I am scared.

      • It was a bite to my hand– bled a lot, but no need for stitches. This was back in early 2002 when I tried to remove it out of my parent’s garage with a broom and a towel, which was a TOTALLY smart idea.

        It wasn’t rabid, but really really scared, which made it angry and bite-y. I had to go to the hospital and get antibiotics, but thankfully, no rabies shots.

  • “I call the big one Bitey!”

    Why did the chicken cross the road? To show the possum that it could be done.

    Hate possums. Oversized rats without the intelligence or personality. They don’t even make cute babies.

  • Gaaaaaaaaah, I hate possums. One night, when I was 12’ish, I had gone into our backyard to try and find our cat. The cat was black and hard to see so I had a flashlight with me. I thought I saw movement so shined the light in that direction and instead of the cat I caught a possum. Freaked the HELL out of me! Then I moved the light and saw the cat about a foot in front–the possum was following him!

  • My dog killed one a few years ago, it was pretty awesome (and sad) (but awesome).

  • All you possum-haters will change your tune if you watch this video…fast forward to 35 seconds in. SO cute!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkofwx2liHM&noredirect=1

  • I just learned the other night that Opossums and Possums aren’t the same thing. Opossums live in the Western Hemisphere and Possums live in the Eastern Hemisphere…. maybe? Any biologist care to help explain?

    • Did you know the original title for “War and Peace” was “War–What Is It Good For?” Amazingly, his mistress didn’t like the title and insisted he change it to “War and Peace”!

    • In the Americas we have opossums, in Australia they have possums (totally different animals). But we also call them possums colloquially, in the same way that we often refer to American bison as buffalo.

  • Before I adopted my cat his tail and head had been shaved by some kids who abused him so I named him Possum.

    He’s the best cat ever and despite being abused, is the most laid back cat-dude I’ve ever met.

  • Why in the world would you want to have a cat condo out on your deck and leave food out too? Next time you might find a racoon or a fox in there=rabies!!!!!

    • oh my gosh you are right that is just so scary and there are so many scary animals and diseases out there. the cats and opossums should starve!!!!!

  • A few years ago when I lived out in the burbs I went out to get the paper in the morning and for the first time ever saw a possum that was alive (a nice change from the hundreds I’d seen as roadkill). With a childlike wonderment, I excitedly walked towards it – soon I noticed it was a whole possum family. What joy I thought! Until they proceeded to surround me (at least it seemed that way), and chase me whilst making this godawful hissing noise. I let out a manly yelp as I sprinted back to safety in flip flops.

  • Cool cat condos-nice that even the opossum is united against taxation without representation!

  • When I lived in the country, my dog would often happily present us with a “dead” opossum at the back door. Each time I was convinced he had really killed it this time, and each time we left it alone and it walked away. Moral of the story, country opossums know what is good for them and are definitely not vicious (unless rabid). These crazy city opossums on the other hand….

  • Yeah, its an opossum. I’ve had them in my recycle bin on my front porch in Columbia Heights. If you just leave them alone they’ll leave on their own accord. They are ugly and they hiss but they usually just play dead and give off a stinky smell to make you go away.

  • it’s amazing to me that they even try to survive in the city. They get along very well with cats, and we’ve had several in our area for years– they are seriously more afraid of you than you are of them. they’re just trying to survive– i’m of the attitude that says “live and let live’– they don’t bother me at all, although i’d never try to pick one up. AND we have no rats at all in our ‘hood!!

  • After one ass-whupping, our cat used to wait for the possum to finish eating. They are bold animals!

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