Calm, Forward, Straight

Calm, Forward, Straight

Thursday, July 22, 2010

At the barn #17 - Say hello to my leetle fren...


Since we're on an extended riding hiatus due to wretched heat and humidity I thought I'd introduce you to one of our neighbors... as per usual with neighbors, some are great and some - not so much :)

Today was my second encounter with bad baby opposum this week. I missed my chance to catch him the other day because when I ran to get my camera he skittered off. I was ready this morning. There really wasn't much catching as all he did was hiss at me and then act dead. (We haven't had any cases of rabies on the island which is why I handled this little guy.)

I'm guessing he may have fallen off of his mom in the woods nearby. Lucky for me, he didn't know he's supposed to be nocturnal. Unlucky for me he may have been attracted to Val's spilled food in the run-in shelter. This is not good as opposums spread the dreaded EPM. Don't even get me started worrying about that....

I'm hoping the wildlife rehabilitator (his new home as of midday) is correct and he was probably still nursing... hopefully not chowing on any infected dead critters just yet.

5 comments:

Grey Horse Matters said...

I'm mot a big fan of these guys. I think one of them may have been the reason Dusty got Leptospirosis a few years back. They could be the culprits. Glad you found a home for him. Stay cool. We're supposed to maybe hit 100 tomorrow with high humidity. Can't wait for autumn.

billie said...

Wow, congrats on your good news and yahoo - I think I can actually comment now!!!

Love the photos and Val's hoof shot - gorgeous!

Valentino said...

I'm not a fan either Arlene. Hoping that EPM may not be here on the island due to our geographical isolation... I need to check with the nearest equine vets and see if they know. Otherwise I'll have to vaccinate.

Opossums will be discouraged no matter what however - dirty little buggers :)

I'm dreaming of autumn too!

Valentino said...

So glad you can comment now Billie! I wonder what stars aligned in the blogosphere?!

Those hoof pictures were really hard to take solo lol. One of the best byproducts of blogging has been always having my camera around.

Have a great weekend:)

billie said...

It's the pop-up window - for whatever reason I can't comment on blogs that have the comment function set the other way.

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