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Who here has a "different " pet?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by angus67, Nov 12, 2016.

  1. angus67

    angus67 Welder's penetrate deeper!!

    This isnt a thread to bash or tell people they shouldn't have, just to show a gem of our personalities.
    And with that said....
    I went to wash the car a few months ago, and in the bucket was a very small opossum. We've have two pet possums through the years, the first in 97. I was out back smoking a cig when i worked at burger king. Some of the employees were flicking cig butts into a handhole that turns off the irrigation water. I looked in and small oppossom. The next one in 2000, found in a carport, but wasnt young enuf to tame it.
    Our latest opossum , named Bucket, because i found here in a wash bucket, apparently fell off mommas back whils climbing up our grape vine over our porch. . They love grapes.
    Qick online search revels that if a youngster falls off momma's back, its big enuf to be on its own.
    She was very small, the smallest of the three we've had.
    We've done lots of googling to find a stable diet, so i wont boar you with details.

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  2. angus67

    angus67 Welder's penetrate deeper!!

    Moar pix

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  3. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    Oh, yeah, she's cute.
    When the mouth gains another 200 teeth and stretches to 8" is when I'd turn her loose.

    This little one keeps hangin' around. Not so much a pet, more an adoptee wannabe.
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2016
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  4. Downeaster

    Downeaster Everything in XS Top Contributor


    Not a pet, exactly, but Fernando thought he was a House Llama.
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  5. usfs68

    usfs68 XS650 Enthusiast

    Our place definitely qualifies as different.

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  6. fredintoon

    fredintoon Fred Hill, S'toon. Top Contributor

    Hi angus,
    don't forget the Pet Rock, eh?
    In addition to the several Pet Rock duties listed in the article a large one, say a 50lb one, would make an ideal sidecar passenger as it would have no need to stop for bathroom or food breaks, wouldn't want to stop in cute little roadside tourist traps or argue about where to visit next.
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  7. littlebill31

    littlebill31 Smells of Raw Fuel

    A good friend of ours runs a wildlife rehabilitation center. She loves opossums. She always tells us to stop if one is freshly killed on the road due to them having offspring in their pouch that may still be alive.
  8. a kid i used to go to school with had a pet wallaby. I'm not sure how he got it but west virginia had essentially no laws regarding the pets you could have (see the bottom of this post). He had to carry it in a pouch in front of him and every thing. it was very sweet to him and his girlfriend, but mean as hell to every body else. Hilarious watching it hightail across a field though. such a goofy little guy.

    The laws there were to the point that you could go into the pet store in morgantown, and buy an alligator for $50. that was 2010-11 so i don't know if they still allow it. but it made for some interesting newspaper articles every fall! kids would buy them in college and then they would get fairly large (surprise! its an alligator and that 30 gallon aquarium won't hold a 7 foot alligator). they would take them down to the mon river and let them go.
  9. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    Anybody want this? There's several more.
    They're tearing my place up...
  10. jetmechmarty

    jetmechmarty XS650 Guru XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Here in Georgia it is illegal to keep indigenous species captive as a pet. That rules out raccoons, opossums, deer, alligators, skinks, copperheads, etc. I keep several XS650's and a couple of XS1100's.
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  11. weaselbeak

    weaselbeak XS650 Junkie

    Depends on the definition of "pet". We had a black bear for several years. She was great fun when she weighed 40 or 50 lbs, but at 450 got dangerous, and she was short tempered. The law here made it impossibly expensive to have, so we had to part ways.
  12. angus67

    angus67 Welder's penetrate deeper!!

    2m, if they are a nuisance, I have no problems dispatching them.
    jetmechmarty.....no comment.
  13. Yep. Havaharts are the way to go when you don't want to catch the real pets in leg holds. Around here I believe it's illegal to trap and transport varmints, only to become somebody else's problem.
    The vultures, short tails and turkey, are conditioned to fly in from hearing the crack of a .22. Breakfast served.
  14. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    Yep, that's what happens out here.
    They end up at MY place.

    I have a vulture "air force" constantly circling overhead.

    Organizational meeting, planning their next "mission".
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  15. littlebill31

    littlebill31 Smells of Raw Fuel

    Do Pugs count, lol
    I have 3 and they are definately different.
    Monkey on his pillow...
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  16. Stoop22kid

    Stoop22kid XS650 Addict

    Had a goat once, and a mini pig.
  17. had a girlfriend with a mini pig... couldn't stand it. I love animals, all of them. but the pig was absurdly smart. hid my keys, phone, etc. Retaliated when it was punished by shitting between cushions. waited to 230am to scream incessantly until it got attention. 6 months of hell when she moved in
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  18. jetmechmarty

    jetmechmarty XS650 Guru XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I'm curious. What does one feed a pet opossum? Can you housebreak or litter train them. Does she come when you call her? Does she roam the house or live in a cage.

    I had kids, and they had pets. Some of them were a lot of trouble. My wife's dog left us in August. He left a big empty hole, so I understand getting attached to them.
  19. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    If the varmints out here are any measure of appetite, I'd say that cat food qualifies.

    All of the cats here on my place are feral, wild, abandoned, strays. I put out food and water for them, and all matter of varmints (including birds and deer) try to join their dining experience. I believe that if hunters loaded their deer-feeders with catfood, they'd have a record harvest.

    Every once in awhile, one of the cats will take a liking to me and I'll get adopted. It still gets me when, in my lap, one will suddenly go limp, head plopping down, asleep. Soon followed by the "mouse chasing" twitches...
  20. weaselbeak

    weaselbeak XS650 Junkie

    "I'm curious. What does one feed a pet opossum?"

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