Welcome to our menagerie?

So… remember how I mentioned we had a rabbit (and a snake) that lived in our backyard? The snake had actually taken up residence in our basement temporarily but was removed to the yard by a brave husband. So no worries there.

The rabbit on the other hand, which has grown quite large, was a bit of a worry when we transplanted our lettuce, spinach, and cabbage babies, so the husband put up a fence around the garden. Unfortunately, we realized he’d put the wire part on upside down, so that the bigger gaps were at the bottom–plenty of room for a rabbit to squeeze through. But fortunately, this rabbit is a strange creature, and likes to perch itself just outside the fence, and sneak its head in through the fence to eat the clover and weeds growing on our garden path, but not venture into the garden itself. So, as it turns out, no worries there either.

A week or two ago, our housemate commented on the rabbit, which she can see on a regular basis out her bedroom window. She likened our yard to a “menagerie,” which seemed like an exaggeration. I mean, it’s just a rabbit and snake. Yeah, yeah, sometimes we have neighborhood dogs meander through, chased by their owners, and sometimes the fat white cat named Sugar who belongs to the older woman across the street hides out in our shrubs, but still. A menagerie?

Well then. Enter Frou-Frou.

A few days ago, I spotted a small rabbit over near our blackberry bushes. Yesterday, when I went outside, it darted under the car and over to the grill, where it froze, and I got a good look at it. Definitely a baby rabbit. Probably means there are more. This one could for SURE fit through the fence, but will hopefully be distracted by all our lovely clover and weeds growing in the yard.

And yesterday, well, yesterday takes the cake. Say hello to our new little friend.

ImageThat, people, is a possum. It was meandering around our yard in the middle of the day. You can see that I tracked it around the house, through our windows, until it crossed the street and wandered into our neighbors’ yard.

Ahem. You probably know that these are nocturnal creatures, so I’m not thrilled about the possible reasons why this mangy thing is out and about in the daytime. Needless to say, it doesn’t make me very happy to add him or her to the menagerie, a word becoming more and more appropriate as the weather warms up.

But sometimes, folks, you don’t get to pick your community.

(Oh yes, I did go there.)

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8 comments on “Welcome to our menagerie?

  1. Elaine says:

    If your nocturnal guest shows up again, I would call 911 and have someone shoot it – rabies is not pleasant!

    I do think your community menagerie is an entertainment though 🙂

    • elizabeth says:

      Yeah, I definitely agree. I almost called when I saw it the first time, but decided I’d give it the benefit of the doubt that perhaps it just got displaced from its daytime sleeping location by other causes. I did call my neighbor and warn here about it though, just in case!

  2. Karen Taylor says:

    The local humane society will let you borrow a live trap, and even gave us cat food, yes, for possums. You have to leave a deposit but it is refunded. Bill released the guy out at the lake near the office. We have used it several times. Good luck! Karen taylor

    • elizabeth says:

      Karen,
      Thanks for this information! I had heard this before but had certainly forgotten. We’ll see if it continues to be a problem.

  3. stephen says:

    nice to see your local creatures are interested in community too. 🙂 I have been one known to relocate unwanted creatures from my yard to other places in our county and occasionally to heaven. Catch’m alive traps are rather useful and the bunnies can cause quite a bit of damage to your garden.

    • elizabeth says:

      The rabbit population continues to expand. I saw three of them “playing” in the road yesterday a few houses down from us. How they’ve managed to avoid our leaf lettuce, I don’t know!

  4. Darla says:

    Isn’t nature wonderful? We have alot of chipmunks in our yard and they are so fun to watch. My dogs haven’t been able to catch them yet and go crazy following their scent. Lately we have had a pair of mallard ducks around and on our old farm pond in the backyard. The walls of the pond are stone and the chipmunks love to run in and around the rocks. Lots of frogs in the pond. And the occassional deer wandering through, especially early in the morning. Not sure about that possum during the day—-we get some at night. Maybe it’s a “city” possum vs. a “country” possum thing!

    • elizabeth says:

      I forgot about chipmunks and squirrels! We definitely have those, and lots of birds, especially robins and cardinals.

      I particularly enjoy when the squirrels “lay out” in the sun on the roof of our shed, trying to absorb its heat when the weather’s a bit blustery. It cracks me up, seeing them sprawled up there.

      Thanks for chiming in, Darla!

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