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The beauty of Opossums.






Perfect for a Sunday!

I’ve always known that opossums didn’t carry rabies and are great tick eaters… but I didn’t know all the other good stuff mentioned in the article below.  But first, I follow “buttahmeupp” on IG.   Here is a pic:

OPOSSUM POWER!  Here is the article I read on FB:

Becky Zielinski
February 20 at 8:26 AM  ·
Popcorn is an opossum rescued two nights ago in rough shape and really struggling to survive in this weather. Did you know it’s not uncommon for rehabbers to be able to handle and even hold a wild opossum? They are so peaceful and docile in nature and are some of the most amazing creatures we have worked with.
While we are not recommending you attempt to pick up any wild opossum you come across, we would love to spread the true facts about these awesome guys and put a stop to the common misconceptions about them that often result in unnecessary cruelty. Here are just ten amazing facts about opossums you all should know!
1. They’re Not Aggressive
Even when confronted with a predator, they will use the infamous “playing possum” technique to appear dead and avoid an actual brawl.
They can stay zoned out for hours, emitting a foul odor in order to further keep any bad guys at bay, but they’ll never outright attack, even if they’re baring their teeth.
2. They Rarely Have Rabies
Unlike most other wild animals, possums are nearly completely immune to contracting rabies or passing it along. This is due to their natural body temperature being too low to maintain hosting the virus.
3. They Kill Thousands Of Ticks
According to stats reported by the National Wildlife Federation, a single possum can potentially eliminate 4,000 ticks in one week thanks to their extreme self-grooming methods (either crushing or consuming the ticks burrowing in their fur).
They also aren’t susceptible to Lyme disease and therefore can protect humans from contracting it, as they rid an area of the real pests.
4. They Won’t Destroy Your Lawn Or Property
Unlike other nocturnal animals creeping around neighborhoods, possums won’t destroy your lawn or property. If you happen to see one wander into your garage (a popular spot to see them pop up), and don’t want to share your space, simply leave a door open and remove any food that might have drawn them in. They’ll eventually mosey on out without making a fuss.
5. They’re True Survivors
They’ve been around longer than any other mammal. Possums are often called “living fossils” because they’ve been able to survive on our planet for millions of years — over 70 million, to be exact, which really shows their ability to overcome adversity.
6. They Help With Waste Management
They are not picky eaters. If it’s edible, they’ll eat it. Including commonly dining on animals struck by vehicles on the road (bones and all), which scientists refer to as “carrion.”
This basically makes them nature’s most efficient waste-management team and cleanup crew.
7. They’re The Only Marsupials Indigenous To North America
You have to admit, it would be a shame if Australia were the only home to marsupials! Plus, it makes possums even more of a unique part of our natural environment.
8. They Get Rid Of Garden Pests
They aren’t picky eaters when it comes to troublesome garden pests like slugs, beetles, and cockroaches, but they will leave the flowers or veggies you’re growing undisturbed.
9. They May Be The Key To Battling Venomous Snake Bites
The venom of rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, and other dangerous slithery snakes that might be hiding in your yard has no effect on possums.
Researchers have been looking into whether they can find the toxin-neutralizing strain in their blood, which could potentially be used to treat humans who have been struck by poisonous snakes.
10. They’re Actually Quite Smart
Possums tested with a higher intelligence than more domestic animals like rabbits, dogs, and cats — particularly when it came to finding good food and remembering exactly where it was to go back for more.
#fightforourwildlife
#kindnessmatters
#americasonlymarsupial

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WE HAVE WATER!! Listen!






As most of you know… our well ran dry in July 2021.

We have been buying water for 9 months, twice a month – while we waited for a new well to be drilled.  We’ve been on the wait list since July.  Last month, they drilled the well, but it took another month to get the new well attached to the tank (so it would fill).  We actually had to purchase another $400 worth of water just this past Monday.  But today, Thursday afternoon…

WE FINALLY HAVE WATER!

Our sad, old well head… decommissioned.

I am going to tell you that I have a greater respect for pioneers and people who had to dig wells for water.  Granted, back then, there were less people using the available water so they probably didn’t have to dig as deep as our new well (800 feet), but still – having no water available is HARD.

Nowadays, we are spoiled.  But that’s OK because having water is a great part of progress.  Running out of water is also a part of progress – the bad part.

Today, we are happy!  We can flush toilets and take showers and do laundry and run the dishwasher and water the lawns and irrigate the trees and water the flowers/birdbaths and wash our cars at home and rinse buckets and wash out troughs and hose down horses and fill water troughs and mist the horses this summer and TAKE A BATH!!!  I haven’t had a warm bath to ease sore muscles in a long while.    (Not being able to mist/hose down the horses last summer during the 118 degree heatwave was probably the worst for me, and them.)

A HUGE HOLE.

There is a huge hole, the size of a swimming pool, in our pasture.  They dig it to put in all the silt and stuff that comes up while they drill.  However, what we didn’t know was that their contract fine print says that they won’t fill it back up.  Wha??   Well then we should be able to dictate the size of hole in the first place because this hole is HUGE and they certainly didn’t need a hole that size… but NO, they dug a HUGE hole and now we have to find someone to fill it – for another large sum of money.

My husband is in shell shock because I hate to tell you what this well cost… and the new pump and now having to backhoe a huge, HUGE hole AND put a fence around the new well head.

But, we have water.

A SHORT VIDEO

I went outside right after the last of the workmen left.  The place is messy and stuff is strewn about, but I took a video of THE SOUND.  The sound of water filling the tank from the new well.  We have not heard that sound in 9 months.

It is the kind of sound one uses to fall asleep.  It is that good.

Link to video.

Click image to hear the beautiful sound of well water filling our tank!

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FUND TOTAL AS OF TODAY:  $925  (Thank you!)   We’ve saved POWDER PUFF 2/7/22 ($800),  EDDIE 2/9/22 ($1200)

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