Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The possum hunter

So, in my latest attempt to catch the killer tomcat, I put out the trap last night baited with leftover hotdogs from a family barbecue. In the middle of the night, I heard a snap! Then wicked howls. In the morning, my wife and I went out to check. Once again, we had caught something other than our intended quarry -- this time a large, vicious-looking possum with jaws the size of a medium-sized dog. I was scared he was going to attack both of us, but my wife thought he was cute.

"He's growling at us."

"He's just scared."

"Look at those teeth!"

"Don't worry, I'll protect you."

When we opened the gate to the trap, the possum scooted out and ran into the woods, without looking back. Needless to say, we weren't attacked.

The hunt for the tomcat goes on.

-- Jim

Addendum: The following night, I caught a raccoon. But he was good-natured about the whole thing and didn't even growl.

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