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Old 11-16-2002, 11:44 PM   #1
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I saw a dead raccoon on the freeway offramp by my house tonight

D'you suppose it was the one eating the dog food and growling at me? Is my dog's food safe now?
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Good question...

I wouldn't know...raccons are fiesty...ya never know...

That reminds me...I saw an opossom (or a possum/possom//however you spell it) a few nights ago while driving home from work...that was the craziest thing I had ever seen, it was walking through the crosswalk...

I hope your dog's food is safe...although it would be sad to see the raccoon go like that.
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I always see tons of roadkill....it's like the animals have death wishes or something.

Rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, possum, skunk , deer.
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I always see tons of roadkill....it's like the animals have death wishes or something.

Rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, possum, skunk , deer.
Same here daisybean where I live. We also have a lot of groundhogs too.
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I have neevr seen a raccoon, skunk, groundhog or a pssum before

But we have squirrels in the trees at school
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I saw a dead rat/cat on the road some days ago - I couldn't tell what animal it has been till it's gone to pet heaven.
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oh martha, you'd think you were out in the country or something instead of Orange County!

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Big Grin

Where ther is one...there are usually more. Raccoons are cute, but nasty and dirty.
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Our local Australiana museum has a catering section"Roadkill Catering" specialising in Aussie bush tucker
A fox died just near our little bridge quite some time ago and because it has been so dry he has just been dessicated and preserved..gruesome but interesting. I think it is why my sons are good drivers...dodging the critters, scan scan scan.

martha, I was wishing I could consult your culinary knowledge agian. When someone in the USA brings someone who is ill chicken soup(they always do in the movies, well the Disneyland movies I grew up on)...is there a definitive chicken soup recipe? I'm guessing it must be a whole chicken, the bones have some special extra "something"? or is a placebo TLC thing? I wanted to make some yesterday....seriously. no raccoon recipes please.

I don't think your dog food is safe yet...those things keep breeding> I am in hot pursuit of a rat at the moment...they are getting so clever.
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I don't cook, dear cass; I only bake. In fact, I have to check on the ginger pistachio pound cake finishing up in the oven right now.


I can't help you much with the chicken soup thing. Try allrecipes.com.
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martha, I was wishing I could consult your culinary knowledge agian. When someone in the USA brings someone who is ill chicken soup(they always do in the movies, well the Disneyland movies I grew up on)...is there a definitive chicken soup recipe? I'm guessing it must be a whole chicken, the bones have some special extra "something"? or is a placebo TLC thing? I wanted to make some yesterday....seriously. no raccoon recipes please.
The primary benefit of chicken soup is the water vapor that rises from the bowl. This raises the temperature in the nostrils enough to give relief to cold symptoms.


We have possums and a baby skunk visit our backyard now and again. And remember, this is an Orange County backyard. Instead of back"yard" I would call it a back"foot".
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We have a whole lot of possums in our backyard...scares the out of me when I'm watching TV at night and I look out and see some gigantic, oversized rat with a long ugly tail walking across my back fence. They aren't even afraid of us anymore...I used to throw oranges at the fence and they would run away but now they just look at me like "gee thanks for the fruit...I'll take this back to the kids." Filthy creatures.
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ahh I'll note the difference, baking,cooking..I'm a cook, not a baker, cleared that

up....actually with summer upon us, I'll think I'll be a person who only prepares salads ( I wonder what that is called...preparationist? cool, sensible, slightly lazy person?)
Thanks for the info nbc.It's logical, a steam inhalation you can eat, hopefully served with TLC ( I reckon that ingredient is vital).

I have been putting bowls of water out at night for the wallabies, because of the dry weather. They are becoming ...well not friendly...more dependent on us, more prepared to get close. I enjoy seeing the joey's.
I usually stop and check for joey's in the pouch and drag dead kangaroos by the tail as far from the road as I can. The raptors , like wedge-tail eagles become secondary victims when they feed on the carcass.The herbivores come to the roadside because of the green pick in the dry weather. Increased traffic , dry weather combo. Poor things.
and oh martha. I read your reply to my other Q
... "the stereo" I'm cured.
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Big Grin Nature Lesson about Possums

Opossums are actually very useful and cleaner than most wild animals. They are nothing like raccoons. Here is some info I found about them.

The opossum is a marsupial, or "pouched" mammal, and is therefore related to other marsupials such as the kangaroo and the koala. Like kangaroos and koalas, infant opossums stay inside the mother's pouch to nurse and develop. The opossum holds the distinction of being North Americas's only marsupial.

The opossum has many interesting features. It has 50 teeth, more than any North American land mammal. Its hairless tail is prehensile and is used for grasping branches, balancing and carrying nesting material. The opossum does not hang upside down by the tail, a common misconception. The opossum also has opposable thumbs on its hind feet for holding onto branches.

Whether rural, residential or in the wilderness, opossums are a benefit to any area they inhabit. Their diet includes all types of bugs and insects including cockroaches, crickets and beetles. They love snails. They also eat mice and rats. The nocturnal opossum is attracted to our neighborhoods by the availability of water, pet food left out at night and overripe, rotting fruit that has fallen from trees. The opossum in turn helps keep our neighborhoods clean and free of unwanted, harmful garden pests and rodents, which may carry diseases. The opossum has earned the title of "Nature's Little Sanitation Engineer."

They are actually good for the environment...even in urban areas.

What is the COST of Killing Opossums or Removing them from an Urban Environment?

In terms of the environment, the cost is ...

* loss of a harmless animal which eats all manner of pests and carrion.
* leaving a vacant ecological niche which will be filled by adjacent opossums or by other mammals, such as rats, skunks, raccoons, etc. Opossums do not dig into the soil, nor do they destroy property; the risk of exposure to disease is lowest with them and higher with all other mammals; and they don't have a strong scent.

As you can see, I kind like the little guys. And they are unique and useful animals.
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