kerravonsen: Rose hanging onto rope: "Bronze medal in heroics" (Rose)
[personal profile] kerravonsen
I had my suspicions yesterday, certain items disturbed, knocked over, but my brother dismissed them.

"It was an earthquake or something. The possum is not still in the house."

However, he changed his mind this morning when he observed many more disturbances, things knocked over, spoons on the floor of the kitchen, games knocked over, boxes knocked over... the possum was still in the house, it had not escaped on Saturday night as we had assumed.
Phone call to possum remover. First one we called, no longer worked in Melbourne in spite what their website said. Second one we called, had a lot of questions and informative back-and-forth. Needed to get it out of the house TODAY because otherwise it might die of hunger & thirst. My brother figured it probably had drunk water, from the pan which was soaking in the kitchen sink, since the spoons on the floor were evidence that it had been in the kitchen.

Plan A: look for the possum, where it could be hiding, asleep. If found, let sleeping possum lie, and call the possum people to remove it.
Plan B: wait until it wakes up at dusk, and lure it to the (open) front door with a trail of apple pieces.

So my brother started wandering around with a torch, looking under the sofa and other likely dark places. In the meantime, I wandered to the front hall and pointed out a couple more things disturbed: the battery-powered wireless doorbell was on the floor, and my agate-slice with the dolphins on it had broken off the strand it was hanging from in the front door window. I picked up the agate slice, looked at where it had snapped off, looked up a little further, and saw...

possum-20160927A.jpg
...the possum. Asleep. With its head curled down and its tail curled around, a fluffy ball of fur.

My brother figured that when the possum had gone to sleep, the top of the bookcase had looked invitingly dark. It was on top of the bookcase right next to the front door; it could not have been positioned in a more perfect place for it to be persuaded to go out the front door. My brother rang the possum people again, and they said it would be okay to try to get it out ourselves: open the front door, then take a broom and wake up the possum and push it off the bookcase so that it could see and go out the front door. Brave brother did this, with a couple of attempts because the possum was clinging to the wood of the window frame (yes those claws are sharp), but then it was down and bounding out the door and across the front lawn, peeking out between the wheelie bins and then gone.

Hallelujah! The possum is free! Fly free little possum!

Date: 2016-09-27 12:13 pm (UTC)
tptigger: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tptigger
Yay! And no more in the house where it can get to you!

Brave brother is brave. Yay for supportive family!

Date: 2016-09-27 09:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lizbee
IT'S SO SMALL AND ROUND AND FLUFFY, I'm so glad it got out okay!

Date: 2016-09-27 11:20 pm (UTC)
lizbee: (Random: KGill is purdy)
From: [personal profile] lizbee
Oh, good. I feel that way about the nomcat when he's aggressive, too -- he's not being bad, he's just an animal with an animal's natural stress reaction. (Also: SMALL, ROUND, FLUFFY.)

I hope you and your tenant have a long, happy relationship with no more injuries.

Date: 2016-09-28 04:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] watervole
Hurrah! Sounds pretty much like what we do with birds that fall down the chimney. Close all curtains except the one in front of the window and it generally heads straight for the light.

Date: 2016-09-30 11:29 pm (UTC)
kalypso: Holtzmann: We Can Bust It (Holtzmann)
From: [personal profile] kalypso
I am quite pleased to have seen the possum, but glad that it has been persuaded to leave, and I hope there have been no further visits.

Date: 2016-09-27 03:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miamadwyn.livejournal.com
Wow. What an adventure for the poor little thing!

Date: 2016-09-27 06:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vjezkova.livejournal.com
I have never seen a live possum...it must be cute - BUT also not a welcomed visitor. I am glad you were patient with it and managed to get it out safely.:-)

Date: 2016-09-27 08:18 pm (UTC)
kaffyr: The TARDIS says hello (Cat grass)
From: [personal profile] kaffyr
Yes, you're right; your possums are more attractive than the North American type (although I harbor a sort of odd affection for our toothy little insectivores). I don't even have to see its head to know that.

Glad you were able to get him or her out of the house, so that he or she could fly free - and, with any luck, no more hostile encounters!

Date: 2016-09-28 06:38 pm (UTC)
kaffyr: The TARDIS says hello (Ein 2)
From: [personal profile] kaffyr
I get the impression that the North American possums have pale vampiric faces and very messy fur.

They have gorgeous, liquid brown eyes, but their lovely eyes are sort of negated by their very long, toothy snouts. I'm not sure they have messy fur, as such; they don't have an undercoat, the way most mammals of that size do (i.e. rabbits, cats, etc.), so they're rather more hairy than furry. And they aren't nearly as cute as yours, but I like them nonetheless. They do have prehensile tails, which you can see if you google images for North American possum.

Date: 2016-09-28 01:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] izhilzha.livejournal.com
What a tale! Glad the possum is free and neither of you got scratched or bit.

Also, from that picture alone, your possums do look cuter than ours.

Date: 2016-09-28 02:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rj-anderson.livejournal.com
Oh wow, you have had some excitement for sure. So glad you were able to get the possum outside before it did any more damage to you or the house!

But that picture is adorable. :)

Date: 2016-09-28 08:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] imhilien.livejournal.com
Sorry that you had more possum chaos...

Date: 2016-09-28 09:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sallymn.livejournal.com
So glad you were able to get it out without any more pain and injury on either side...

Date: 2016-09-28 08:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lindahoyland.livejournal.com
What an adventure. Glad it ended happily.

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