Skip to comments.Christmas Tree Opossum Surprises Pa. Teen
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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That'd freak me out too. LOL
Cute little critters. Used to have a hedgehog named Velcro.
That was in an E-mail I got. It was marked as porcupines. At first glance, I believed them to be hedgehogs.
We should slip a few of those into National Security Archives folders just in case Sandy Berger ever visits again.
Perhaps a new variety.
How about Hemorroidus Pricklypear as a scientific name for this peculiar critter?
Positive they are hedgehogs.
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