26 April 2008

The Return of the Feculent Possum

It's Spring, so there must be a dead possum in my yard.



Since this has been the case for the past two years, I feared the worst when I began smelling something dead today.



Sniff, sniff. Is it in the garage? I went and got a flashlight and shined it in all the likely spots. The smell persisted, even though I couldn't find anything.



Could it be outside the garage? I have a lot of salvaged wood and fencing leaning against the side of the garage and it's a popular site for animals to hide. Sure enough, when I moved a stack of 2x4's I saw fur.



At first I thought it might be a cat, but as it was revealed it all its putrefascence it turned out to be another GIANT possum. Why do these things always choose MY yard to die in? I haven't had catfood on the porch all winter because I brought my outside cats inside for the duration, thereby cutting down on my food costs as I was not feeding every living thing for miles. I'm probably the cause of its demise in that regard.



Off to find a spot in the yard I can dig a hole. Dug one and went back to get the decaying marsupial. Whoops! Too big, have to dig a bigger hole. Carried it across the yard dropping writhing carrion worms the whole way. Went back and scraped up the "pieces" that were left over and filled in the hole. It still stinks.



Hosed down the spot as well as I could and hope the worms die in the sun.



Well, got that job done for another year! That is, unless something comes along and digs it up.

6 comments:

Why S? said...

I'm sorry to hear this news. My husband found a baby possum crawling along the sidewalk this week. He picked her up and put her in the yard, near a tree. I hope she'll be ok. We haven't seen her (or smelled anything) since.

Green Fairy said...

Ah...Spring. Gotta love it.

Sandy said...

Ugh. I have a sensitive nose, so I sympathize. Poor critter...

jim said...

hey sister,it is as we feared!! you live on an active LEY LINE!! Hauser Haus is located directly atop an ancient Indian burial ground.The dying animals that migrate there are only masking the scent of the feculent indian bodys buried below.You need to preform a complete cleansing ritual! time is of the essance!!

jim said...

hi green fairy,lovely pic

jim said...

um,i'm marilyn's brother.we always kid around like this.