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(News 10 ABC Sacramento)   Today's ready for Fark headline: "Man arrested for beating opossum can sue police"   ( divider line
    More: Weird, Fark, Anaheim Police Department, United States courts of appeals  
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2012-08-11 03:00:01 PM  
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Oznog: [ image 536x395]

Never seen a possum "attack" anything. If cornered, they fall over and play dead. It's a sort of paralytic seizure- the entire body becomes stiff as a board, falls over in an unnatural posture, the anal glands dump a stinky musk, and the tongue hangs out. They won't react to ANYTHING. My dog picked one up in his mouth and dragged it around. You can poke it with a stick and flip it over. But the funny thing is, they eyes still look at you.

Before that, they'll open their mouth and hiss, but it's all for show. They don't even have a bite reflex. I toyed with one with a stick that was hissing. It didn't try to bite the stick, and after a bit slowly looked around with its mouth open showing it was just kinda stuck that way and he didn't know what to do next.

Possums aren't exactly important wildlife- they have an average lifespan of only 1-1/2 years in the wild, freakishly short. They reproduce fast though. They don't stay in one den more than a few days, they won't be your problem for long.

I fed one a pork chop a few months ago. Pretty docile.
2012-08-11 02:31:12 PM  
1 vote:
You forgot "France Surrenders," subby.

Just for old times.
2012-08-11 02:19:14 PM  
1 vote:
Good for him. Sue those jack booted thugs into the poorhouse.

//had to dispatch a fluffy, adorable little bunny this year after it got into my cool, delicious lettuce. It jumped like 8 feet high, then darted on the ground for a few feet before keeling over - all with its head blown off.
2012-08-11 02:10:01 PM  
1 vote:
Anaheim PD screws up again... so what else is new?
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