I have learned something important today:
never ever assume a stunned possum is … well … stunned.
As Mr 4 and I were driving back from dropping Miss K at school this morning, I spied a small, cute, furry, *baby* possum on the side of the (very busy) road.
It looked stunned. It looked bewildered. It looked lost. It looked like it couldn’t find its Mum to get it out of this mess ….. It looked at *me*.
So I pulled over and attempted to shoo the thing up back onto the footpath and up a tree.
It sat and looked at me in it’s stunned, bewildered, “Will you be my Mummy?” way.
It did not move.
So I got closer … part of me thinking that I should search the car for a towel or something with which to shoo it … but it was so stunned it let me pat it.
So I’m there at the side of a busy road, patting a baby possum while my 4 year old son watched from the safety of the car.
The possum still didn’t move.
So in one of the stupidest moves ever, I decided I could probably pick it up and put it into the tree. (Particularly stupid given my history of animal handling).
Suddenly that cute little baby possum Woke Up and said:
“EEEEEEEEEEEEEE I kill you”
and did some sort of weird ninja thing where it leapt at my jugular, but only managed to tag my hand with its teeth and claws.
It was at this point that a home owner came to my rescue.
(WTF? you say … that’s also what I said to myself at the time)
She then attempted to shoo the cute little baby terrorist possum off the road.
Again, it leaped with surprising force towards her jugular with a screamed “I kill you”, and clawed its way down her arms.
Luckily it really did wake up this time and scooted up the nearest tree.
…so a after tetanus shot (and Diphtheria and Whooping cough for good measure) and a script for some antibiotics I bring you this post and the message not to believe the beguiling cuteness of Australian marsupials (koalas drinking bottled water anyone?).
They will kill you if given the chance.
Even the babies.
Beware – there are llamas.
(OK – that last one is a teensy bit random, even for me. Python fans will understand).