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Old 10-30-2018, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Oh, gosh, I had not ONE but TWO 'possums get into my house last summer!

They'd quietly emerge from beneath a quilt-covered table in the middle of the night and eat dry cat food in my kitchen while I was obliviously asleep and the cat evidently just watched them dine. They'd slipped in the back door when I'd propped it open to keep from having to respond to the same cat's pleas of "I wanna go out/I wanna come in" and were happily becoming house 'possums when discovered.

So - I got them near that same back door, propped it open, and created a Hansel and Gretel trail of dry cat food leading outside.

Took them a while: little one left first - then I discovered the bigger one.

The back door stays closed now, cat pleas aside.


LOL. I had the same predicament with raccoons. Woke up to see two running down the hallway....apparently they came in the swinging cat door.

Cat door permanently closed!
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Old 10-30-2018, 07:34 PM
 
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Default Odd colored squirrels

In Central New York, my son has black and dark brown squirrels, with huge, light blonde tails. I have never seen squirrels like this anywhere else.
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Old 10-31-2018, 09:31 AM
 
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In Central New York, my son has black and dark brown squirrels, with huge, light blonde tails. I have never seen squirrels like this anywhere else.
Pics! Pleeeeeez?
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Old 10-31-2018, 07:01 PM
 
Location: S.W. British Columbia
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http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hEYsT4Ws-o...0/P1020040.JPG


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Old 10-31-2018, 08:21 PM
 
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Thanks! It's like his back half was dipped in peroxide.
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Old 11-01-2018, 09:11 PM
 
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One of my funnier interactions with nature was when I opened the door and saw a raccoon eating the cat's kibble. I dislike raccoons because they muddy everything up. I started shrieking like a banshee to chase it off. The kibble bowl is under a bench by the door. After the raccoon scampered off I saw a movement of black and white. I thought it was the cat and bent down to look under the bench, make sure he was ok. It was a skunk. Another shriek and I was back in the house with the door closed.

After that I encountered the skunk a few more times. She didn't have a hair trigger and I kept a respectful and quiet distance. She even brought her babies to dine. I also got much better about making sure there was no food left out.
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Old 11-01-2018, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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One of my funnier interactions with nature was when I opened the door and saw a raccoon eating the cat's kibble. I dislike raccoons because they muddy everything up. I started shrieking like a banshee to chase it off. The kibble bowl is under a bench by the door. After the raccoon scampered off I saw a movement of black and white. I thought it was the cat and bent down to look under the bench, make sure he was ok. It was a skunk. Another shriek and I was back in the house with the door closed.

After that I encountered the skunk a few more times. She didn't have a hair trigger and I kept a respectful and quiet distance. She even brought her babies to dine. I also got much better about making sure there was no food left out.

That was funny...you had a lot of guests there.

Glad you got to see the skunk babies...
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Old 11-01-2018, 09:43 PM
 
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My saddest story was when I was walking down our driveway. It's a half mile, I sometimes walk it for the exercise and because it is scenic.

A fawn came running up to me. It leaned on me. I thought this is fun, and I assumed my neighbor must have made it into a pet. It's illegal to do so, but I thought there was probably see unusual circumstance to it. It wanted to follow me home, but I shooed it back to the neighbor.

A couple weeks later I ran into them and asked about the fawn. Turned out it had hung out with their goats for about a week, then disappeared. They weren't taking care of it and had thought something must have happened to it's mother which is why it was with the goats. I suspect it became coyote or bobcat food. I am sorry I didn't go knock on their door when the fawn came up to me. If I'd known the circumstances I'd have taken it to rescue organization. Oh well, coyotes and bobcats need to eat, too.
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Old 11-04-2018, 08:25 AM
 
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Yes, only his are much more exaggerated. The entire tail is much more bushy and entirely light blonde. Thanks for that.
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Old 11-04-2018, 08:33 AM
 
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My saddest story was when I was walking down our driveway. It's a half mile, I sometimes walk it for the exercise and because it is scenic.

A fawn came running up to me. It leaned on me. I thought this is fun, and I assumed my neighbor must have made it into a pet. It's illegal to do so, but I thought there was probably see unusual circumstance to it. It wanted to follow me home, but I shooed it back to the neighbor.

A couple weeks later I ran into them and asked about the fawn. Turned out it had hung out with their goats for about a week, then disappeared. They weren't taking care of it and had thought something must have happened to it's mother which is why it was with the goats. I suspect it became coyote or bobcat food. I am sorry I didn't go knock on their door when the fawn came up to me. If I'd known the circumstances I'd have taken it to rescue organization. Oh well, coyotes and bobcats need to eat, too.



Its not unusual for a young fawn in summer, to lose track of its mother and wander away. Its quite likely that its mother was nearby, but not willing to expose itself. The fawn most likely reunited with its mother. I see fawns regularly on my property, even in my yard, sooner or later the mother shows up. Come fall when the breeding season comes, the fawns are able to fend for themselves as their mothers get chased around the woods by bucks wanting to mate. Things get quite chaotic for the younger deer this time of year, and I often see them standing there looking as if their thinking,..."What the heck is going on?" as their mother goes streaking by with a buck in pursuit.
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