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.
That, 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.)