So that’s who’s been rading the compost bin

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  1. ponchomatt

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    5D84E086-D66D-43B6-A090-D2006FC333C1.jpeg I know this is not quite a bushcraft topic but i just had to share a pic of this guy. When i was out on the back deck enjoying a nice evening pipe and some whiskey i heard something scratching in my compost bin. Lo and behold i caught him red handed!! It was so funny. He looked like a kid who got cought with his hand in the cookie jar.
     
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    That’s a nice looking kitty!
     
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    What pipe tobacco, what pipe, and what whiskey?

    And, have you named your new friend?
     
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    Yes, what whiskey and what was it contained in?
     
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    Nothing major. Corn cob pipe, prince albert tobacco, small glass of crown on the rocks :)

    No name yet. That’s still up for debate with the wife ;)
     
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    O possum a sip.
     
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    Nice pic! Are they mean and aggressive? I have a childhood memory of my father trying to chase a racoon from the garbage with a big stick. It simply hissed and went back to the can. He poked It. It bit the end and yanked it out of his hand. I got to clean up the mess next morning. Thanks dad! ROFL
     
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    Need to secure your compost bin. Possums can carry rabies.
     
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    No, most are not aggressive at all. They have a lot of teeth, hiss, and look mean and snarly, but it is mostly just show. I like possums. They eat ticks. We have a slew of possums around our place and I can’t imagine how many ticks we would have if they weren’t here. They also eat cottonmouth snakes, which we also have a lot of, and are immune to their bites.

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    It’s very rare for a possum to have rabies. They have a low body temperature that rabies don’t like.

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    " And, have you named your new friend?"

    Was the compost bin full? If so you could call him....Bin Laden...

    On second thoughts, no, he looks much friendlier....:18: :18:
     
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    I'd like to point out a fun fact about our friend the Didelphis virginiana or Virginia Oppossum.
    While ugly, slow and ornery, they provide a valuable service to us bushcrafters;
    They are proficient tick killers
    http://www.caryinstitute.org/newsroom/opossums-killers-ticks
    (Also documented cases of opposums having rabies is extremely rare, their body temperature is too low for the rabies virus to effectivly replicate.)

    We have a few people around here that don't like possums, so there's always some young ones that are out on their own a little early.
    I like to feed the little bush cats;
     
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    Never heard about their resistance to rabies. I had to put one down a few years back. It was definitely rabid.
     
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    good to have around, They eat lots of ticks. I HATE TICKS.
     
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    I had a possum under the house , as well as my daughter having one at hers, and had to trap and release them. I did some reading on them first and found out that they rarely have rabies. Almost unheard of in fact. As the previous poster said, their core body temp is too low to support the virus in most cases. Maybe rarely a possum already sick that has a fever could get bit and then get sick with rabies if their temp was higher due to an already existing fever of some kind.

    Raccoons, on the other hand, are serious rabies carriers but I think there are only 1 or 2 documented cases of humans getting rabies from a raccoon. They die too quickly from the disease .
     
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    He was by far no means aggressive. Didnt even show me his teeth. Seemed really just more weary of me. Honestly he really gave me this look like he had gotten in trouble and felt bad about it. I talked to him for a few minutes, left him a scrap of food and let him be so he could make his way with the rest of the night.

    Any ideas for a name?
     
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    Hahahahah oh thats too funny. Nah,the bin is not full.
     
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    Not aggressive at all... defensive, sure... even mice fight. And possums have that big long mouth full of teeth and hiss. but they're nature's vacuum cleaners. Rabies is rare, as mentioned. Read more here (possum dot org. who'da thunk?)

    http://www.opossum.org/facts.htm
     
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    What I found surprising besides the resistance to rabies and snake bites is their short lives. Average is only about 2 years, and even captive ones kept safe from predators and moving vehicles don't live much past 3-4yrs.

    My wife found out about their love of mice and insects after I relocated ours to Turtle Creek , and wants me to go find him and invite him back :)
     
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    Twice my dog has brought a possum up to the door. Limp and presumed dead. Ten minutes later got up and gone. Just playing their role. No harm to my dog or them.
     
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    Osama bin bad? He is where he shouldn't be.
     
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    call him Randy... kinda reminds me of a little jack*** that I used to work with
     
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    @doanehead Randy is Canadian slang for right! Larry for left! If hes a canuck he will just turn in clockwise circles. If you gave him a first, middle and last name for stop. Then you just call him either Randy or Larry. If you use all three he's knows in trouble! ROFL!
     
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    I have one of those guys been getting in my chicken pin. If he comes back he my end up in a stew :33:. Prov 27 : 17
     
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    They are egg stealing chicken killing little ________________'s I would name him holey after putting 4-5 10mm rounds through him
     
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    Just the animal kingdom's version of dumpster diving and re cycling.
     
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    Acquiring food and the means thereof is all relative . No doubt deer, had they the means of humanlike thought, would label us murderous butchers , especially considering the first day of the year we can begin to kill them en masse is practically a national holiday these days (at least in TX).

    Not knocking hunting, or preventing possums from raiding chicken coops. I hunt myself, these days more so with a bow I am trying to become adequate with. Just pointing out the reality of all of us creatures feeding ourselves .
     
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    Raccoons are real bad to kill chickens round here. Never had a possum in the coop at my inlaws but seems to be a task keeping the coons out.
     
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    We had one under the tarp covering our wood pile one time. Every once in a while you could hear him moving around under it. We named him Russell. (Rustle)
     
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    Good name for the occasion
     
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    Around here coyotes are the chicken and pet killers. Lots of racoon so likely happens as well. I rented a place on a 11 acre hobby farm. Granted they could have done much better protecting the chickens. They lost 18 in 2 months. Also lost two doves to rats. They chewed their way into the coop and killed a couple of nesting females. That was at a wild rehab center.
     
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    Did you grab it by its scruff and play with it? I was scared as hell the first time I swooped one up.
     
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    I haven't had one around in awhile. I like them. Unlike raccoons, I've never had a possum come inside through the cat door.

    There was one possum awhile back that made quite a racket out back of the house.

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    Hey , as long as its bluegrass , then :dblthumb:
     
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    Is he playing claw hammer or three finger style? My mom and her family remembered times when those were the freshest meat to be had. I don't think they have fond memories but when the salted and smoked meats ran out you have to have something to go with your cornbread.
     
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    Found an injured one once and it lived in our bathtub for a while, then a dog crate, then a chicken coop. Became very tame and friendly, loved to have his belly scratched, and I was surprised at how clean he kept himself. Finally wandered off back into the wild one day.
     

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