HOME & GARDEN
July 12, 2007
THOUGH they may be, according to your article ["Opossums: Your Garden's Evening Clean-up Crew," June 28], "one of the gentlest animals out there," opossums are extremely frightening at 3:45 a.m. when they have sneaked into your house through a cat door and wake you up. This happened to me about two weeks ago. You may not approve of what happened next. I jumped out of bed, got a broom, chased the critter around my house under furniture for about 35 minutes before I cornered it.
HOME & GARDEN
June 28, 2007 |
LAURA SIMON, field director for the Humane Society's Urban Wildlife Program, does not mince words: "People are repulsed by their appearance." Can you blame them? Opossums, after all, do look like bloated rats -- the scruffy fur, the flinty eyes, the bizarre little feet and long, scaly tail. And that's their good side. Threaten one of them, and it will bare its teeth, hiss and drool. But as disgusting as the animals may appear, they actually do quite lovely work in the garden.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2004 |
The families wandered into the park in old shirts, comfy jeans and worn sneakers. The kids were kids: darting around trees and over logs. The parents were parents: cautioning not to get too close to the creek, you'll fall in. At 7 p.m., the soft orange tint to the light filtering through the trees signaled that sunset was near. Rumps settled onto brown wooden benches.
March 16, 2004 |
Some ARE BORN TO GREATNESS. OTHERS HAVE greatness thrust upon them. Then there's Evelyn Gabai. An opossum was thrust upon her, and she's never looked back. Gabai, a curly-haired woman of 44, lives in Van Nuys and writes scripts for television animation. Apart from a fondness for critters that goes back to her New England youth, her life was proceeding in more or less normal fashion until 15 years ago.
September 28, 2003
Re "Fighting Virus Could Let Rats Roam," Sept. 5: Southern California has an effective, easy and, best of all, free method of rat control available at its disposal right now: the opossum. While some people consider the opossum just a big rat itself, nothing could be further from the truth. Rats do not thrive where there is a healthy opossum population. They compete for the same food (insects, spiders, garbage, carrion), and though the opossum is extremely docile and not a hunter by nature, it will eat infant rats in the nest when it comes upon them.
August 4, 2002
Re "Opossum Killings Test Limits of Cruelty Cases," July 29: As a high school English teacher, I never pass up the opportunity to teach my students the importance of respecting all living creatures. As a devoted animal lover, I was appalled and sickened by the heartbreaking photo accompanying the disturbing story on opossum killings. Anyone who has ever observed opossums knows that they are harmless, timid creatures. It is disappointing that Kirk Broomall was acquitted in an animal cruelty trial when it is obvious that the man gets enjoyment by seeing an innocent animal suffer a long, slow and painful death.