Every night, just before I go to bed, I take Jack out for a bit of evening relief.
I have one of those long retracting leads for this purpose so I can just stand on the back verandah and she can take care of business without me having to follow her around.
One reason for me staying on the verandah is because I am lazy, the other is because every night, out in the darkness, we disturb a possum and I would rather not get in its way.
Yes, I know possums are cute and mainly harmless but the one we have is particularly grouchy.
If you have never heard a grumpy Australian possum before below I am adding a YouTube clip for you. This clip is only marginally helpful in portraying the horror of Grumpy Possum. When I hear this noise it is at full volume coming out of the pitch black….
Even though I know full well that the animal making the noise is no bigger than Jack, it sounds as though a creature easily capable of chewing off a limb is just out of the small circle of light. If a monster stumbled into view and lunged at me I would not really be surprised.
Usually the possum is in the trees when we go out, so not only are we subjected to that scary, throaty growl but it is accompanied by the creaking of branches and a thump as the possum bumps to the ground. It then stomps off, grumbling all the while, to set off the dogs down the hill.
I know I could put out some apple and try to make friends with it, but I am a little concerned that it is some previously unknown beast that is only impersonating a possum. If I go out in the dark with a fruity offering it might result in me staggering back minus one arm and Jack never leaving the house again!
Here is a clip of what possums are like when they are happy to see you. Small, cute and friendly. Now play that growly clip again and you will know why I stay on the verandah at night…. Here be monsters….. 😉
A while ago I did a post which included a clip of a koala making an equally scary noise. Why is it the small furry ones who sound the worst?