Archive for August 31st, 2009

Possums

August 31, 2009
Strangest possums I've ever seen

Strangest possums I've ever seen

My friend Maria does wildlife rescue.  She’s had squirrels, red-tail hawks, rabbits, you name it.  Recently, the local animal “shelter” called her.  They had some baby possums that had been turned in.  I visited her and looked in on her possums.  I’d never seen black possums before. 

Possum cats

Possum cats

A feral cat, greatly pregnant, had been trapped in a humane trap and left at the shelter.  (Look up Hav-A-Hart traps to see what I mean.)  She gave birth in the trap, the shelter euthanized her, and called Maria to raise the babies.

Prepare for the end

August 31, 2009
My Big Bro

My Big Bro

I found this picture of my big brother while I was going through my mother’s things.  She pretty much saved everything.  This picture was unnamed and undated, but I know that this is one of my older brothers, and I’m guessing that it was taken in the early fifties.  When I scanned the picture in the computer and enlarged it, I saw the chain around his neck and I was guessing that he had someone’s dog tags.  I thought that was humorous, that the little scamp had taken someone’s dog tags.  When I asked him about it, he said the chain held his own dog tags.  He further said that this was after World War II, and the threat of an atom bomb being dropped on America felt very real.  All school children were required to wear dog tags as their identification so that their bodies could be identified in case of an attack.

Not quite so humorous when viewed in that light.