Monday, December 17, 2007

If You Feed Them, They Will Come!

In my previous post, I mentioned how living on a resaca afforded us the opportunity to see many forms of wildlife while living in the city. In an even earlier post, I told of my fondness for opossums. It's plagued me since childhood so I doubt I'll ever get over it. So, it should come as no surprise that when I recently saw one walk by the patio door, I decided to try and get a closer look by offering it food.

I began leaving red grapes, bananas and even sliced oranges as an offering only to find the plate empty the next morning with no sighting of an opossum. That all changed last week when suddenly, there was the opossum eating it's nightly offering of fruit right in front of the sliding glass door. It was a nearly all black specimen and, I feel quite sure, the sibling of the one I rescued in the pool earlier this year.

The nightly ritual continued as the opossum began to show up on the patio just after sunset. Although still shy, it seemed comfortable watching us watching it eat. Saturday evening, I went through the routine of preparing a meal for the opossum, including some cat food now for protein. It showed up right on time. About a half hour later, another opossum suddenly appeared, much the same size but obviously lighter in color. For the first encounter, it seemed totally at ease watching us and it even looked up at the television a time or two! I feel sure, too, that this is another sibling because of the size similarity.

If you're at all interested in learning more about these fascinating animals, check out the National Opossum Society. I totally agree with their philosophy, "it's nice to watch an occasional opossum waddle by". It's even nicer when they spend time with you in the evening.


The opossum that showed up this past Saturday evening. Since then, it has been a nightly visitor but always AFTER the black opossum.

The nearly all black opossum that began visiting last week. He/she shows up minutes after sunset.

9 comments:

Beth&Leo said...

I need to let Karen F. know about this post. She is a real possum afficianado also. She has done some rescue possum work.

Well, at least they are not in the house yet.

beth

darlene said...

Very nicely written, Baby! Do you think that the first opossum told its sibling about the nice man that puts out a huge feast each night? I can hear it explaining how there's no need to dig through the neighborhood garbage cans now. =)

Thanks for sharing!
-darlene-

XXXX said...

Awwwhhhhhh......

They're so cute!

Anonymous said...

Dude, you are living the life!
Kirk

Anonymous said...

First, you feed the ducks and birds, then you move up to the opssum...what next? The kids. You know what they say first you have and beer then you are in rehab. Watch man we do not want to lose you to the farm! You are too good for that.

Geoff

Aggie92 said...

Throw some cooked steaks and baked potatoes with that food and we will be over to join your new friends.

Steve's girl said...

Very cute opossums.

It looks like the animals at your house eat better than we do...what a feast!!

I am curious to see what kind of critter shows up on your next post
hmmmmm.

Beth&Leo said...

I'm with Aggie.

Just let us know the date and time.

beth&leo

Derek said...

Wow, those are beauts! The black one is magnificent. I'm glad to see that others like these creatures.

My word verification is "cqshnber". Cash 'n beer! My two favorite things!! Coincidence? I don't think so.