The Great Possum Adventure
Boudreaux finds a scent and tracks it down. There is an abandoned door with a dilapidated tarp that has his full attention. He ferociously pulls on the tarp and digs. There is something inside!
When I lift up the door, I find a mother possum and her six offspring. She immediately hauls ass. Four baby possums cling to her, while two are left behind:
She climbs up a nearby tree in front of my house. Instead of climbing higher and higher, she stays in this spot motionless with her babies clinging to her:
After a few moments, the mother does something shocking. She lets go and drops like a stone from the tree. The impact causes some babies to fall off. All but one manage to cling back on to her:
This is the baby possum that fell off from impact. He surprised me by quickly climbing up the tree higher than even his mother did:
This cutie fell off in the center of my yard as the mother was scampering away. He doesn't quite know what to do. Doesn't he look cute in this defensive posture?
Feeling guilty for interfering with nature, I get a glove and a dust pan. My plan is to transport the two baby possums that fell off back to their nest:
Yes, I actually climbed the tree barefoot in my front yard to get this one. The tree was so slick from all rain we have been having. I could have totally busted my ass:
He is put right back under the door with his four other siblings.
I felt guilty about the mother being away, so I poured a good amount of my favorite cereal (Honeybuches of Oats) under the door. If I like it, then surely they will:
The sequence of events has caused me great moral angst. How do I resolve my love for nature with the fact that I am losing eggs AND chickens to these creatures? While my family and friends tell me to kill the possums, I don't know if I can bring myself to doing so. Do you not see how cute the babies are? How can I kill a family of possums? I have been driving myself crazy pondering nature's circle of life. I have no clue what action I should take next. Frankly, I don't want to do anything. Ugh!