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Posted: 3/15/2011 2:26:31 AM EST
[Last Edit: 3/15/2011 2:27:05 AM EST by Feral]
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 2:30:06 AM EST
Murderer!!

Link Posted: 3/15/2011 2:47:56 AM EST
First Tier Possums will add the cold, stiff routine to their dead routine.

You were out foxed!
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 2:58:44 AM EST

Originally Posted By Feral:
Sorry, no pics.

Two days ago I saw a big groundhog out on our hillside. Consequently, I kicked off the annual war against the groundhogs by baiting a big box trap with some apples. I set the trap in the late afternoon.

At some point over the next 24 hours, Mr. Possum got himself caught. No big deal. When I got home from work yesterday, the kids were very excited: "Daddy! Daddy! You caught a possum in your trap!"

I wasn't nearly as thrilled as they were.

Anyway, I walked down to release him (not really worth a bullet, IMO). When I got to the trap, there was a medium-sized possum in there, but he was stone dead. I thought at first he was just 'playing possum,' but he was, in fact, cold, stiff and departed.

I'm trying to figure out why he died. It wasn't all that cold so I doubt he froze. The flaps on the trap slam down pretty hard but I wouldn't think they'd have enough force to kill a possum. Maybe stun him, but not kill him. I know possums are odd creatures, but I've never run across an animal with so little resilience as this one. Maybe he was sick?

Anybody ever see this sort of thing before?
How many yards?

Link Posted: 3/15/2011 4:38:58 AM EST
Feral (im not a possum expert, LOL) I believe the physiological process that causes a possum to "play possum" can actually stop it's heart for a period that causes death in rare circumstances.
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 5:01:47 AM EST
Maybe the stress of being trapped caused it to have a heart attack.
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 7:41:32 AM EST
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 7:46:57 AM EST
Originally Posted By Feral:
Originally Posted By FrankSymptoms:
First Tier Possums will add the cold, stiff routine to their dead routine.

You were out foxed!


Nah, unless he's an absolute world-class possum, he was as cold, stiff and dead this morning as he was last night!

Originally Posted By FordGuy:
Feral (im not a possum expert, LOL) I believe the physiological process that causes a possum to "play possum" can actually stop it's heart for a period that causes death in rare circumstances.


It must've been something like that or a heart attack as also mentioned. I just find it weird.



Seen it once myself. I figure it was shock/stress.

TRG
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 4:57:28 PM EST
Don't let CBS know about this or we'll all be watching CSI - Feral.



R.
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 5:19:40 PM EST
Some animal rather die then be caught. I know for sure squirrels are like that.
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 5:38:25 PM EST
Don't feed those apples to your kids!
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 5:42:08 PM EST
A wolverine will chew off its leg to get out of a trap. I think the possum may have swallowed his own heart. They are not quite as crafty as the wolverine.
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 8:53:35 PM EST
Originally Posted By Feral:
Originally Posted By FrankSymptoms:
First Tier Possums will add the cold, stiff routine to their dead routine.

You were out foxed!


Nah, unless he's an absolute world-class possum, he was as cold, stiff and dead this morning as he was last night!

Originally Posted By FordGuy:
Feral (im not a possum expert, LOL) I believe the physiological process that causes a possum to "play possum" can actually stop it's heart for a period that causes death in rare circumstances.


It must've been something like that or a heart attack as also mentioned. I just find it weird.



Well, if you disposed of it in any manner, I hope you cut its head off. Possums have a freaky ability to return from the dead, and haunt those who fuck with them.

don't ask me how I know.........................
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 9:06:38 PM EST
Great zombie possums.....



Anyways my bet is heart attack or maybe even a parasite.... These fugly lil buggers seem to not always be the cleanest of things
Link Posted: 3/16/2011 2:50:23 PM EST
Did you pick it up and heft it?

Sometimes space aliens'll holler 'em out, at least around here.

I have had them stone dead in a trap, with out a SINGLE mark on them.
And have had Great Horned Owls eat them right out of foothold traps- looks like a possum bomb went off!
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