By: Julie Day
I can assure you, no opossums were harmed in the making of this film.
Every day this week, I’ve been watching a small opossum who’s been happily waddling around my back yard and munching on the mulberries. He’s a cute little fella, probably too young to realize he’s nocturnal, but I was so puzzled by his recent daily visits that I decided to tiptoe out with my video camera to investigate. Of course he began a hasty exit, but I managed to catch a glimpse of him as he crept down the slope, into the drainage ditch, then quickly disappeared into the drain pipe that runs out from my basement.
Whoa… wait a minute. He’s crawling up the pipe . . . the pipe leads to the basement . . . I’ve been finding mysterious droppings in the basement . . . suddenly things are making sense! The evidence gets even more convincing if you know that my recent sump pump installation effectively blocked the drain opening in the basement – the sneaky little rascal can’t get in any more, which is probably why he’s hanging around the back yard. He’s trying to figure out what happened to his day spa. (Until I fixed the flooding problem, I hear the red-clay facials were fabulous).
Meanwhile, I’ve got a possum in a drain pipe, a video camera in my hand, and a pump in the basement just waiting to send a nice little squirt of water down that pipe. Come on – what would YOU have done?