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Christmas Tree Opossum Surprises Pa. Teen
San Francisco Chronicle ^
Posted on 12/22/2005 7:38:59 PM PST by TFFKAMM
(12-22) 19:23 PST ENGLEWOOD, Pa. (AP) --
Mary Kathleen O'Connor, 16, doing some studying for school about 6 a.m. Tuesday, said she was the first to be startled by an apparent Christmas tree stowaway.
"I'm looking at the tree and the angel just pops off," she said. "And a second later, this head just popped up. The eyes were, like, glowing. I was thinking, 'Oh my God!' And I screamed."
Other family members came running. "We looked at it and I thought it might have been a fake," said her father, Michael O'Connor, a Frackville attorney. "But then it moved its head. And I thought 'Holy Jeez. We're in trouble.'"
O'Connor called police, and William E. O'Donnell, a state Game Commission deputy wildlife conservation officer, removed an 18-inch-long opossum from the 8-foot Douglas fir the family had bought, bundled, from a dealer in Seltzer.
O'Donnell caged the animal and released it in woods about five miles away. The tree, meanwhile, was still in the front yard where Patricia had hurled it. "The lights are still on it," Michael O'Connor said. "So is the stand."
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TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: christmas; christmastree; marsupial; opossum; possum; wildlife
posted on 12/22/2005 7:39:01 PM PST
That'd freak me out too. LOL
posted on 12/22/2005 7:41:17 PM PST
(My heros have always been cowboys-Reagan and Bush)
Not possums, but close....
posted on 12/22/2005 7:46:01 PM PST
posted on 12/22/2005 7:50:06 PM PST
Cute little critters. Used to have a hedgehog named Velcro.
posted on 12/22/2005 7:57:51 PM PST
(Santa, I can explain.....)
That was in an E-mail I got. It was marked as porcupines. At first glance, I believed them to be hedgehogs.
posted on 12/22/2005 8:05:07 PM PST
posted on 12/22/2005 8:18:45 PM PST
(Liberals are obsessed by the vulgarity of their lives & the obscenity of their behavior.)
We should slip a few of those into National Security Archives folders just in case Sandy Berger ever visits again.
posted on 12/22/2005 8:28:18 PM PST
(Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
Perhaps a new variety.
How about Hemorroidus Pricklypear as a scientific name for this peculiar critter?
posted on 12/22/2005 8:49:45 PM PST
posted on 12/22/2005 8:54:11 PM PST
(I freep; therefore, I am.)
posted on 12/22/2005 9:08:32 PM PST
(Merry Christmas Everybody!)
Positive they are hedgehogs.
posted on 12/23/2005 3:35:56 AM PST
(Santa, I can explain.....)
To: Slings and Arrows; Lijahsbubbe
a possum and her 8 "children" once surprised me in my lawn mower bag. The first mow of the year only to find my bag was very heavy "after" mowing the lawn and out popped mom, who was probably in shock, and her offspring clinging on to her back. The grass left in the bag from the previous yr. must have been a nice soft area to spawn..
posted on 12/25/2006 9:56:43 PM PST
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