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.
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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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.
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.
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.