I’m outside tonight and hear shuffling around and using my phone’s light find a possum on the hunt, who procedes to track down, dig out, capture and eat what I’m pretty sure is a mouse.
I’m struck by how good a job the possum does of feeding itself but once again at how poor a job it does of being cautious around the human. Not only does it not mind being followed and filmed, but at the end it walks inside a small trash can, which I then tilt upright. It was only by a fraction of a second that it managed to jump back out before the can was fully upright and the possum snarling for the camera. Yet somehow they manage to thrive even though their primary defense is to get so scared that they faint.
*The video quality is bad because it was night, with my phone, and the phone’s flashlight the only illumination.
**The phone’s microphone is sensitive but the noise cancellation is poor, so it always sounds like the video is being recorded by Darth Vader.
***I missed around the first 30 seconds of the possum loudly crunching on the mouse because I thought the camera was recording when it wasn’t. That was too bad—it was pretty crunchy.