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Old 06-01-2013, 11:52 AM
 
Location: The Cascade Foothills
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Don't corner a Opossum they will mock charge several times stomping their feet like a skunk. Then they will charge with snarling teeth and hissing.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opossum
Well, they are wild animals and they will try to defend themselves if they are cornered.

Like someone else here posted, when I was live trapping them, they were very docile in the trap.

And the ones that I have left alone never showed any signs of aggression; in fact, we had one here that would come right up onto the back porch and eat the dog food I put out for it (this was when I had fewer dogs) and he'd just hang out with the cats, even when the kids and I were also outside. He was here for a couple of weeks and eventually just disappeared; I was actually kind of sorry to see him go.

 
Old 06-01-2013, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow in "OZ "
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Well, they are wild animals and they will try to defend themselves if they are cornered.

Like someone else here posted, when I was live trapping them, they were very docile in the trap.

And the ones that I have left alone never showed any signs of aggression; in fact, we had one here that would come right up onto the back porch and eat the dog food I put out for it (this was when I had fewer dogs) and he'd just hang out with the cats, even when the kids and I were also outside. He was here for a couple of weeks and eventually just disappeared; I was actually kind of sorry to see him go.
I was laying on the ground taking his photo.. Yes then can be very docile..
Native American Story about the Opossum great story for the little ones..
http://www.firstpeople.us/FP-Html-Le...-Cherokee.html
 
Old 06-02-2013, 04:18 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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I had a fellow worker tell me the same story about a possum giving birth through it's nostrils. He also told me that humming birds had no legs and they could sting you with their beaks.......lol. We used to kid him all the time about his knowledge, or lack of it, about wildlife.
 
Old 06-02-2013, 04:32 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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I have never heard the myth about them giving birth through their nose...seriously, people believe that?

I don't mind possums, I have them around the house (there's one very large, almost pure-white one I've named Fat Butt LOL) and I have live-trapped them for other people. I also helped a friend raise a litter of possum babies. They were so ugly they were cute.

The most common myth I hear is how "vicious" they are. Well they do hiss and stomp and show teeth when cornered, but that is because they are scared and they weigh about 10 lbs and a human confronting them weighs 15 or 20 times more, so you can't blame them! They are actually quite gentle and non-confrontational. If a threat gets too close, they don't back up their threat; they just play dead.

Also possums very rarely carry rabies. Their body temperature is typically too high to support the rabies virus.

National Opossum Society
 
Old 06-09-2013, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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A few years ago I had a opossum with babies take up living in my attic. I was working with a woman who did wildlife rescue with the state at the time and she advised me to just let them be if possible and eventually they would relocate on their own. She assured me they were not dirty or destructive animals. Raccoons have caused a lot of damage over the years at my folks house so I was very concerned. Sure enough after a few months they moved on and I blocked where they were getting in...no damage whatsoever. The only sign they had been there was hair.
 
Old 06-10-2013, 08:00 PM
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That's surprising because I've known people who've had possums crap all over their garage or outdoor shed.
 
Old 06-10-2013, 09:13 PM
 
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Kleenex time !


Cat and Possums - YouTube
 
Old 06-10-2013, 10:37 PM
 
Location: The Cascade Foothills
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Aw......that is so awesome.

Thank you or posting that!
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