Sunday, July 16, 2006

Urban Wildlife

When we got home later on Friday night after seeing Pirates, my RRHB was outside in the backyard for a minute, when he shouted, "Come here and look at this! It's an animal with a long, thin tail!"

I told him it was probably a small raccoon and to leave the damn thing alone. But ever-curious, he snapped open his tool case, found his mega-flashlight, and went back outside to shine a light on our grape vine. What did we find? A Virginia Opossum. They are North America's only marsupial. Also, they like to eat fruit and berries, hence the grape vine, and I certainly hope he feasted well that night, because I have no idea what we're going to do with the wealth of grapes we've got this season.

Much, much more exciting than a raccoon!


Kailana said...

Send some to me? I like grapes. :p

David Cavanagh said...


What was Pirates really like this time around?

I worked on the professional production in Australia with Jon English ages ago and have always loved it!

Sounds like you had a great time :)

Watch out for those Virginia Opossums okay?

David Cavanagh
UK Newbies

.H said...

Is the Opossum still kicking around?

hip_ragdoll said...

We haven't seen him again -- and it doesn't look like he ate too many grapes, either!

Beaches said...

OH good! I'm glad you saw him/her! I saw one a couple of years back when I was living on Afton and I thought it was a giant rat.

Instead of bravely finding a flashlight and investigating closer I picked up the dog (who was with me), screamed like a child and ran in the house.

I've told many people about my strange sighting since and they all chalk it up to my over-zealous imagination. But I've stood firm and it's so good to finally have sister to back me up!