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Marsupial on 35th Street
New York Times ^ | January 2004 | Nora Krug

Posted on 01/20/2004 9:29:04 AM PST by js1138

Heard Of The City Mouse? Try Bigger & Far Uglier

By: Nora Krug - www.nytimes.com

January 2004

New York - What was that furry creature parked on a ledge at 135 East 35th Street? A big rat? A cat? A small bear? For nearly eight hours, a quiet corner in Murray Hill was transformed into a kind of temporary zoo, as passers-by stopped to gawk and guess the identity of the long-snouted cat-size animal that paced along a narrow stone ledge about nine feet over a brownstone garden, sniffing, shaking and yawning.

"I was thinking it was a hedgehog, because of the Beatrix Potter books," said Jennifer Gould, who may have been the first to spot it, at 7:30am.

"I thought someone had put a giant statue of a rat in front of the building," said Lynn Peraza.

The animal was, in fact, an opossum - and not entirely an alien in Manhattan.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; US: New York
KEYWORDS: animals; humoropossum; newyork; nyc; opossum; oppossum; possum; wildlife
Even Manhattan has vicious wild animals roaming the streets.
1 posted on 01/20/2004 9:29:07 AM PST by js1138
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To: js1138
I've seen an occasional opposum crossing the street here now and then. They're easily mistaken for a rat.
2 posted on 01/20/2004 9:32:06 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
One lives under my porch and eats the leftover catfood every night. Maybe I should ask for a Reality TV show to spellbind New Yorkers. Yawn....
3 posted on 01/20/2004 9:35:03 AM PST by Leroy S. Mort
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To: js1138
Even Manhattan has vicious wild animals roaming the streets.

Yes, but they are usually wearing do-rags and have their oversized pants barely hanging on.

They also have opossums.

4 posted on 01/20/2004 9:35:14 AM PST by ikka
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To: js1138
I lived in southern Ontario, which is full of opossums, yet I never once spotted one. I did see some in New Zealand, however, where, without any predators, they are a real pest. The NZ government, which is one of the most conservation-minded in the world (and quite resonably so, when you consider the uniqueness and fragility of its wildlife) gives citizens the right to shoot as many of them as they damn please (they aren't native to New Zealand anyways, and have been partly responsible for the near-extinction of several bird species).
5 posted on 01/20/2004 9:38:04 AM PST by RightWingAtheist
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To: goldstategop
We had a new pilot (from Maine, i think)sign on to the Texas oil company I was flying for way back then. One early one morning ('bout 5:30)I arrived at the rear door to the hanger.
There was my new co-pilot throwing rocks in to the dumpster, and looking terrified. He said " don't go near the dumpster, there's the biggest rat I ever saw in there!!
I looked in to see a very disturbed possum hissing back at us.
I said " Possum, this here is a Yankee, Yankee this here is a Possum"
There now is some fellow from Maine trying to explain how he got the good old fashioned Southern nickname "Possum"
6 posted on 01/20/2004 9:41:41 AM PST by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire with meetings, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: js1138
Even Manhattan has vicious wild animals roaming the streets.

Really? I thought she spent spare time in Chappaqua

7 posted on 01/20/2004 9:47:11 AM PST by theDentist (Boston: So much Liberty, you can buy a Politician already owned by someone else.)
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To: js1138
Marsupial on 35th Street

Sounds like the title to an old Bob Dylan song.

8 posted on 01/20/2004 9:48:27 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: azhenfud; billbears; stainlessbanner
*shaking my head*

Yankees. What else can you say.

9 posted on 01/20/2004 9:49:27 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: ikka
...but they are usually wearing do-rags and have their oversized pants barely hanging on...They also have opossums.

Most of the time...they're in the middle of the road, hit by cars...(the possums &/or political moderates. :)

10 posted on 01/20/2004 9:53:39 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :)
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To: theDentist
I thought she spent spare time in Chappaqua.

...&/or reading stolen FBI Files.

11 posted on 01/20/2004 9:57:59 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :)
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To: js1138
I don't believe even idiot New Yorkers don't know a 'possum. Sad.
12 posted on 01/20/2004 9:58:44 AM PST by VadeRetro
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To: js1138
Serve with red wine.
13 posted on 01/20/2004 9:59:07 AM PST by balrog666 (Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.)
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To: Constitution Day
The fact a possum on the run qualifies as news in N.Y. is amazing.
Jokes on them.
14 posted on 01/20/2004 9:59:36 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: js1138
Amazing why these Manhattanites didn't recognize what this animal was.

You see them all the time in Queens, either walking between houses at night, or as road kill on the Grand Central Parkway.

15 posted on 01/20/2004 9:59:59 AM PST by PallMal
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To: stainlessbanner; Constitution Day
Imagine what they'd think of an Armadillo.
16 posted on 01/20/2004 10:00:40 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Death before dhimmi.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim; Constitution Day
Road Trip?
< grin >
17 posted on 01/20/2004 10:02:10 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Imagine what they'd think of an Armadillo.

'possum on the half-shell...

18 posted on 01/20/2004 10:02:48 AM PST by Jonah Hex (If repetition wasn't a good thing, why would people get married?)
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To: stainlessbanner; Tijeras_Slim
I bet they'd call Homeland Security on that one! LOL!
19 posted on 01/20/2004 10:03:55 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: js1138
Next thing you know, we'll have badgers roaming the streets.

Badger, badger, badger, badger...mushroom, mushrooom...

SNAKE!

20 posted on 01/20/2004 10:06:21 AM PST by Allegra
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To: Constitution Day; stainlessbanner; hellinahandcart
Perhaps we can FEDEX one to a NY FReeper... :)
21 posted on 01/20/2004 10:07:33 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Death before dhimmi.)
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To: js1138
It's Speak!
22 posted on 01/20/2004 10:10:20 AM PST by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: js1138; goldstategop; Robe
LOL! Possum - Yankee. Yankee - Possum.

You realize I hope that by presenting the Yankee to the Possum, you are establishing the Yankee as lower in social rank than the Possum . . . which may well be true, but Possums are pretty low on the social scale.

Sunday night my Labrador Retriever went nuts in the back yard - hackles up, barking like a fiend, wound up diving under the deck. There are a couple of drainage pipes under there, and she wound up emerging with a large possum in her mouth. She gave it a good hard shake before dropping it on command, and of course it just lay there like a possum. I took her inside and washed out her mouth (boy did she stink of possum!) and examined her for any bites (none - she's a whole lot quicker than a possum). Went outside, Mr. Possum was still lying there in a heap, my kids suggested that we bury it . . . "it's not breathing" . . . but I told them to let it lay overnight and we'd check in the morning. Next morning bright and early my son put on his mud boots and went out to take a look, came back in and announced cheerily, "Mister Possum's in Alpharetta by now!"

I still think they're nasty. Lots of entertainment for the dog though. This morning she followed its track all over the yard with great excitement, hoping she could catch up. Too late, Miss Shelley!

23 posted on 01/20/2004 10:11:50 AM PST by AnAmericanMother (. . . sed, ut scis, quis homines huiusmodi intellegere potest?. . .)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Imagine what they'd think of an Armadillo.

You laugh, but about fifty years ago somebody's pet Coati Mundi escaped and was found wandering around Long Island (east of NYC, for those of you who don't know the area)... which combined with another enthusiasm of the time to produce newspaper speculation that it had escaped from a flying saucer!

Whatever happened to "Eat mo' possum," anyway?

24 posted on 01/20/2004 10:22:41 AM PST by Grut
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To: Grut
Whatever happened to "Eat mo' possum," anyway?

It's printed on the front license plate on my car:

EAT MORE POSSUM

Possum Growers and Breeders Association
of America, Inc.

I get some double takes. And apparently my Lab can read.

25 posted on 01/20/2004 10:25:39 AM PST by AnAmericanMother (. . . sed, ut scis, quis homines huiusmodi intellegere potest?. . .)
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To: Constitution Day
"Bout nearly as bad as the story of the Yankee calling collards "tobacco".
26 posted on 01/20/2004 10:35:50 AM PST by azhenfud ("He who is always looking up seldom finds others' lost change...")
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To: AnAmericanMother
That's great. Here are some recipes for supper

< Notice the gourmet spelling in the url: "possume" >

27 posted on 01/20/2004 10:46:16 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: stainlessbanner
Uh-uh. No way. I may advertise it, but I won't eat it.

My daddy's recipe for roast possum is very elaborate, but the essential ingredient is horse manure. You carefully parboil, season, and wrap the possum in parchment paper & horse manure . . . then after the cooking process you throw away the possum and eat the horse manure . . .

28 posted on 01/20/2004 10:50:56 AM PST by AnAmericanMother (. . . sed, ut scis, quis homines huiusmodi intellegere potest?. . .)
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To: js1138

Here, kitty, kitty, kitty! Here, kitty, kitty, kitty!

29 posted on 01/20/2004 10:57:09 AM PST by azhenfud ("He who is always looking up seldom finds others' lost change...")
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To: dfwgator
Sounds like the title to an old Bob Dylan song.

More likely it reminds you of this...

Bob Dylan. Sheesh!

30 posted on 01/20/2004 11:42:23 AM PST by js1138
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To: AnAmericanMother
I used to work at Queens College in Flushing, NY. We had lots of Possums & Raccoons wandering around the campus. One weekend, two raccoons got into an unoccupied office through a ground level window.They were trapped in there all weekend. Oh, the stink & destruction! New carpets, furniture, etc., not to mention a new pair of shorts for the idiot professor who left his window open on Friday, and opened his door on Monday! Somebody hung a sign on his door that said "Welcome to the Raccoon Lodge".
31 posted on 01/20/2004 11:51:52 AM PST by LoneConservative
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To: azhenfud
Singing,

"Oh, you can chase a squirrel that's gray,
You won't catch it anyway,
But don't chase that squirrel that's black,
With a white stripe down his back.

Don't chase that squirrel,
That's not a squirrel,
And if you chase that squirrel,
You'll be sooooooooorrrrrry,
You'll be sooooooooorrrrrry,
If you chase that squirrel, you'll be sorry!"

I sing this song regularly to my dog. Fortunately, skunks are a whole lot shyer about coming 'round human habitation than possums and raccoons.

32 posted on 01/20/2004 12:22:23 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (. . . sed, ut scis, quis homines huiusmodi intellegere potest?. . .)
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To: LoneConservative

33 posted on 01/20/2004 12:23:36 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (. . . sed, ut scis, quis homines huiusmodi intellegere potest?. . .)
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To: js1138
They've found a coyote or two over the years as well.
34 posted on 01/20/2004 2:55:23 PM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: js1138
Marsupial on 35th Street

Great title - LOL!

35 posted on 01/20/2004 3:06:06 PM PST by talleyman (It takes a village to raise an idiot.)
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To: talleyman
At least someone gets it.
36 posted on 01/20/2004 3:15:21 PM PST by js1138
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To: js1138
I hear the atheists have their own Christmas movie: "Coincidence on 34th Street".
37 posted on 01/21/2004 10:32:17 AM PST by talleyman (It takes a village to raise an idiot.)
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To: sheik yerbouty
One of the best stories was the one about a docile mixed pedigree dog that was half wolf. We New Yorkers freaked out and wanted the dog apprehended and removed (euphemism?) from the city -- all this while we New Yorkers were backing the Clinton administration in spending $7+ million to fly in wolves from Canada and release them throughout western states where we would not be affected. It was someone else's problem, that is until we began to get freaked out over bears rumaging through our garbage.
38 posted on 01/21/2004 2:35:36 PM PST by OESY
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To: OESY
The bears can have my garbage, but never my hot tub!
39 posted on 01/22/2004 9:17:58 AM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: skinkinthegrass
Most of the time...they're in the middle of the road, hit by cars...(the possums &/or political moderates. :)

The natural cause of death of possums here in Georgia is the Goodyear radial.

40 posted on 01/22/2004 9:20:14 AM PST by Terabitten (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of All Who Threaten It)
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To: Tragically Single
LOL!.. :)
41 posted on 01/22/2004 10:45:23 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :)
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