On Sun, 27 Sep 2009 16:04:01 -0500, the infamous Swingman
Hehehe. That's one little guy you don't want to rile. A friend and I
cornered one at a park and watched it bite a broom handle IN HALF. Dem
funny lookin' critters is downright lethal, ah reckon.
I wonder who threw him out of his home in the daylight like that.
They're usually quite nocturnal. Nocturnal creatures who come out in
the daylight are usually either dis-homed or rabid. Caution!
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than Christianity has made them good." --H. L. Mencken
On Fri, 30 Oct 2009 23:34:40 -0500, the infamous -MIKE-
i don't recall that it was rotted. It was a cheap broom which came
with a dustpan which had been left in the park. Those guys have really
large and nasty teeth. Do NOT rile them! They could take your finger
off in one quick chomp.
Yes, their teeth are comically frightening, but as wild animals go they
actually have a relatively weak bite and certainly couldn't bite clean
through a broom handle, nor adult finger.
You also eluded to them possibly be rabid if seen during the day, which
is also very improbable. An opossum's body temperature is too low to
host most viruses, including rabies. They're not aggressive either,
hence the saying "playing opossum." That hissing they do with the big
open mouth is really all show and no go.
Raccoons, on the other hand.... :-)
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
Had a pet coon for about three years. Not something I would want to do
again. Though cute while young, they get BIG and STRONG; will climb to
the top of everything, including drapes, blinds, your head, etc; can
open anything in the house, including the refrigerator; and you don't
want to piss one off ... it's like living with a mean, nosy old woman.
I sure wouldn't keep one in the house. Leave it in the wild, but
they'll stop by and beg for (demand?) food if they "know you."
They'll also enter any opening in your house for winter shelter, no
matter how high or improbable...
This one would take any shiny object it could find, utensils, rings,
jewelery, etc, and anything you fed it, straight to the nearest toilet
and wash it off. We fed it the same dry dog food as the dogs, and it
would do the same with dog food, perched on the toilet bowl, always
looking away while it was washing the dog food, then looking back at its
now empty paws with a puzzled look on its face.
Played well with the dog and cat. Actually a very clean pet, never
failed to use the cat litter box in the garage and didn't need to be
trained to do so, but about the beginning of its third year got too
rambunctious to let into the house, so we took it to the farm and let it
loose, where we saw it periodically for a few years, then nevermore.
My oldest daughter, who now lives in England, uses stories of "Terri,
the coon" when growing up in the wilds of Texas, to entertain both hers
and the neighbors children.
Coon is a bit chewy and greasy. Most are made into stew or chili.
So I am to understand from those who have been to a deer camp
and that was what was in the pot for dinner. Lots of them
are hunted and eaten around here.
Squirrel and Possum as well.
When I was a kid a guy bought a couple of black and tans to hunt coon.
Was told he spent something like $5-600 for the pair.
First time out, they rounded up a rabbit.
Guy shot them on the spot.
Tell you what, a terrier makes a lovely fish. I could do that for you
now. Legs off, fins on, simple metal tube through the back of the head
so it could breathe, bits of gold paint... Make good?
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