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Another Mouth To Feed

Jamie Possum, Feb 2012, Rosebud.

A new member of the family found sleeping in our carport. We suspect him/her of stripping our rocket lettuce back to the stems.

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chrisbarnes From: chrisbarnes Date: February 11th, 2012 03:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Cute little fella!
jennifer_brozek From: jennifer_brozek Date: February 11th, 2012 05:36 am (UTC) (Link)
He's cute. But is he friendly?
paulhaines From: paulhaines Date: February 15th, 2012 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)
My fingers aren't keen to find out!
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 11th, 2012 06:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Cute and cuddly ???!!!! - you Australians don't know what you're talkin about ... cute and cuddly until the bastard breeds and there's a whole bloody whanau of those suckers living in your ceiling - kill them all !!!!!! Love and Kisses Mrs ' someone hand me the gun' Webber
paulhaines From: paulhaines Date: February 15th, 2012 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Don't worry, Mrs Webber, I haven't forgotten my roots.
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paulhaines From: paulhaines Date: February 15th, 2012 10:36 am (UTC) (Link)
And then skinned. You can make some money, you know!
wendy_waring From: wendy_waring Date: February 12th, 2012 09:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I'm with Mrs Webber and her gun. They'll eat the garden, stem to stern, and all the tempting "alternative" discouragements you read about will not work. Do not encourage him/her, regardless of how cute!
paulhaines From: paulhaines Date: February 15th, 2012 12:35 am (UTC) (Link)
I am a Kiwi, Wendy, the fear runs deep. Guns, sticks, stones, whatever can be found at hand. Though these ringtails are much nicer looking than the bushy tails that infest NZ.
From: wendy_waring Date: February 15th, 2012 08:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I sense you softening, Haines. Stand firm! Just because they're cute...

(Actually, as you will have guessed, this is entirely bluster on my part. I ended up "compromising" with the family of ringtails that took up residence in our neighbours. If I left out old carrots and bruised apple bits between their nest and my garden, they'd get distracted, and wouldn't make it to the beautiful tomatoes in my garden. So in essence, I was feeding the possums. But in fact, I couldn't bring myself to poison the little beasties (though I wouldn't have thought twice about a family of squirrels in the attic. go figure.))
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