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I woke up this morning to my wife frantically calling me to
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I woke up this morning to my wife frantically calling me to

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Aug 18, 2022, 9:38 AM
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come to the front door, saying "What is THAT?" THAT turned out to be a large possum, that was showing all the signs of being rabid, making aimless random circles in the paved road in front of my house. I called Animal Control ~ 8 am, but naturally they keep Bankers hours, not opening until 10 am. I left two messages.

I observed this thing for over an hour, making ~3 foot circles, slowly moving from my neighbors yard across the street, then mine, then heading towards the back lot. I got within 6 feet of it, and it had lost most of its fur, and showed absolutely no fear of humans while it was tottering around in circles, occasionally falling over on its hind end. It could see me, though, it locked onto me and followed my every movement from the time I was 20 feet away.

I absolutely hate killing one of God's creatures, unless it is for food, or it is about to kill ME. But, there was no doubt in my mind that this possum was not right, and not long for the world, it was nothing but skin and bones, easy to see up close due to most of its fur being gone. When I got within 3 feet, it looked up at me, seemingly imploring me to put it out of its misery. I finally did, with a heavy 13 wood golf club. (No firearms are supposed to be shot in my subdivision.) Animal Control can pick it up from the edge of the road, if they ever show up. I feel absolutely terrible, I don't mind saying, even though I know it was the humane thing to do. If it was a test, I only hope God grades me with a curve.

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Re: I woke up this morning to my wife frantically calling me to

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Aug 18, 2022, 9:43 AM
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Nothing wrong with that. You put a sick animal out of its misery.

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Aug 18, 2022, 9:44 AM
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You were merciful.

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next time call police,They will shoot it.U don't need to get

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Aug 18, 2022, 6:58 PM
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that close

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When I got the recording from Animal Control, I DID call

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Aug 18, 2022, 7:00 PM
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911. Guess who never showed up?

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Re: I woke up this morning to my wife frantically calling me to

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Aug 18, 2022, 9:45 AM
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It's my understanding rabies is 100% fatal to humans too if you are bit or scratched but at least there is treatment. So I think you did the right thing unless you like needles. May have saved a child or pet from being attacked by it too.

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Aug 18, 2022, 9:46 AM
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No curve needed. You did the right thing. Put the animal out of its misery and, more importantly, protect the safety of everyone in the neighborhood.

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No firearms in your neighborhood?

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Aug 18, 2022, 9:56 AM
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You need to move.

Jk….good job, but 3 feet within a likely rabid animal is too close.

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Re: No firearms in your neighborhood?

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Aug 18, 2022, 3:42 PM
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Not sure he realized he was risking his life! I wouldn't get within 100 ft of an unpredictable animal with rabies. And I second that move suggestion!

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Re: No firearms in your neighborhood?

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Aug 18, 2022, 3:48 PM
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Possums are pretty slow creatures. Most of us could out run one while stepping backward. Maybe get yourself a Red Ryder BB gun for such tasks. Then you won't have to clean off the club face.

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Aug 19, 2022, 3:01 PM
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We used to shoot each other with those BB guns, they won’t kill a possum for sure.

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I wouldn’t have wanted to chance the blood splatter


Aug 31, 2020, 10:08 PM
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but I guess you can sort of control that

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Aug 18, 2022, 10:03 AM
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You did a good deed. When you're on your porch this afternoon, crack open a cold one at toast the ol possum!

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How much are you asking for the pelt?***

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Aug 18, 2022, 10:05 AM
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I think the word “pelt” implies

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Aug 18, 2022, 8:47 PM
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having some fur

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Gonna eat it?***

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Aug 18, 2022, 10:07 AM
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That you, Granny Clampett?

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Aug 18, 2022, 1:52 PM
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I thought you only used possum fat to grease the fryin' pan.

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Thats what you use to heat up


Aug 18, 2022, 6:52 PM
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yer cold 'coon an collards. Or as my granny use to say "collyards". She had the most beautiful, lilting southern accent but crazy as a drunked up nanny goat.

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Are you sure he’s dead? What if he is just playing possum?

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Aug 18, 2022, 10:08 AM
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I don’t mean that as a joke. If he’s rabid I’d want to be sure.

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I am sure. His head was a lot easier to hit than a golf

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Aug 18, 2022, 10:12 AM
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ball, and did not hold up as well.

:(

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Rule #2 - Double Tap

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Aug 18, 2022, 2:30 PM
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In those moments when you're not sure the undead are really dead dead, don't get all stingy with your bullets.

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Re: I woke up this morning to my wife frantically calling me to

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Aug 18, 2022, 10:12 AM
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Aside from the obvious tragedy...be honest now. Did you use a tee?

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Re: I woke up this morning to my wife frantically calling me to

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Aug 18, 2022, 10:47 AM
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From the Interwebnet: "Opossums do not carry rabies. It is a common myth that they do, but opossums' body temperature is slightly lower than that of other mammals, and so the rabies virus cannot take hold. Aug 13, 2020"https://www.google.com/search?q=can+possums+have+rabies&source=hp&ei=rE_-YsfxDIXG9APr6pjIAg&iflsig=AJiK0e8AAAAAYv5dvFcsGvXWb3LsxykiCw3XbbBSsPlu&oq=can+possums+&gs_lcp=Cgdnd3Mtd2l6EAEYADIFCAAQgAQyBQgAEIAEMgQIABAKMggIABCABBDJAzIFCAAQgAQyBAgAEAoyBQgAEIAEMgUIABCABDIFCAAQgAQyBQgAEIAEOggIABCPARDqAjoICC4QjwEQ6gI6EQguEIAEELEDEIMBEMcBENEDOgsIABCABBCxAxCDAToLCC4QsQMQgwEQ1AI6CAgAEIAEELEDOggILhCABBCxAzoRCC4QgAQQsQMQxwEQ0QMQ1AI6CwguEIAEEMcBEK8BOhQILhCABBCxAxCDARDHARDRAxDUAjoOCC4QgAQQxwEQrwEQ1AJQkhpYljBgzERoAXAAeACAAe4FiAGvPZIBBjUtMTEuMZgBAKABAbABCg&sclient=gws-wiz

Obviously, a very sick animal, but probably not rabid. You did right euthanizing it. As a note, I have encountered possums in the woods that sure behaved like they were rabid. I gave them wide berth.

go tigers

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A Possum moving around in the daytime is pretty rare. They

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Aug 18, 2022, 11:09 AM
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are definitely mostly Nocturnal. They wind up dead in the middle of roads at night a lot, since, instead of trying to get out of the way, they seem to just want to stop, and rise up and Hiss at the car that is about to run them over. The cars win just about 100% of the time in those encounters.

:(

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Not saying I would not have done the same thing

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Aug 18, 2022, 11:15 AM
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but possums very, very rarely contract rabies. Same with squirrels

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I heard yesterday that a Desert Eagle firearm is perfect solution for critter issues***

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What head...?***

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Aug 18, 2022, 11:43 AM
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Probably struck by a vehicle …but not bad enough to kill it….
That’ll scramble a brain and knock some hair off.. 😬

You did the right and merciful thing..

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Aug 18, 2022, 1:45 PM
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You did the right, and difficult thing.

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Probably distemper…


Aug 18, 2022, 2:25 PM
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To my understanding rabies in possums is so rare it is essentially ruled out in that type of case. I saw the same thing with a skunk that just walked into a dairy barn I was treating a cow in (I’m a veterinarian) with similar symptoms. After dispatching it we sent it to the lab and it was positive for distemper. Many wild mammals (raccoons, foxes, possums, etc.) commonly get distemper with nerve and behavioral symptoms. But rabies is ALWAYS the first rule out. Be careful.

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Aug 18, 2022, 2:27 PM
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Hate to tell everyone but opossums don't get rabies

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Aug 18, 2022, 3:08 PM
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Was it a slice, a draw, or did you hit it dead straight?

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you have a 13 wood...


Aug 18, 2022, 3:23 PM
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if i had a 13 wood i would have used it also.

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76er..after this meanness to a possum or raccoon (who knows)..


Aug 18, 2022, 3:39 PM
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you must forfeit writing your O.J. FB history column for a 1 hour delay so we are awake to read it.

Much better than DW4's penalty for massages!

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It wasn't meanness. If you had seen the state this thing was


Aug 18, 2022, 7:18 PM
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in, you would realize that sending it to possum heaven was the humane thing to do.

:(

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Possums can’t get rabies. There body temp doesn’t


Aug 18, 2022, 6:58 PM
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allow them to get it. Sounds like it had a problem but no worries about rabies.

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Aug 18, 2022, 8:31 PM
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That sounds more like distemper than rabies, but you did the right thing

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Aug 18, 2022, 8:31 PM
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Subsonic .22lr rounds are made for this type of work.

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Aug 18, 2022, 9:47 PM
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Good grief. It's a sick possum.

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#PatchesDeservesJustice***

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