We were moving wood from our wood pile into the shed yesterday when I saw this. Fortunately I was by myself at the time because I screamed good and loud. It really caught me by surprise. I must confess my initial thought was what creepy monster is this?!? Actually I envisioned R.O.U.S. from the Princess Bride.
This poor, little opossum had found a nice, dry den in the center of the woodpile and apparently thought we couldn’t see it if it didn’t see us. Initially I thought I would stop moving wood for the day but it wasn’t aggressive in any way and we really had to get the wood in. I carefully removed the wood from above it so the pile wouldn’t collapse onto it, then began to take the wood out around it. It tried to move deeper into the pile but eventually decided to move on.
This morning I decided to see if having an opossum in your wood pile is unusual and found it was not. The website Living with Wildlife was pretty informative and made me feel better about moving this poor critter along.
I think this is my favorite part about living in a rural area, there are always creatures to surprise me.
4 thoughts on “Yikes!”
If I’d have been there I would have been screaming right along with you…
Love the Princess Bride reference! We have had these fellows wind up in the house behind the dryer, harmless except for the damage you do to yourself out of fright!
I’ll take my numerous snake skins any day over your live possum! Yuck! Moving wood is always a “therapeutic misadventure!!”
Oh my – I’m an outside girl but if I’d seen that tail I would have thought rat and would still be screaming. LOL