SU was in the yard last night with the flashlight when I returned from my fitness class. Even though it was only 7:20 out here in the campo it was black. It’s common for SU to be out in the yard trying to wrangle a stray gato into the house for the evening but lately Dos Gatos have been waiting at the supper table at 7:00 on the dot ready to tuck in. As I got out of the car SU yelled at me to come out to the yard which got me thinking that he’d cornered a snake. As I walked through the house and into the yard he explained to me that he had a Coatimundi or Gato de Noche cornered by the fence. Wondering how such a large, lumbering animal got into the fenced yard I took a look…at a Zarigüeya. that’s possum in English.
Of course the first thing I wanted to do was grab the camera. SU was concentrating on getting the critter out of the yard while trying to figure out how it got into the yard in the first place. Apparently Bandit found the little guy wandering around and was following him trying to figure out what it was. I can say “him” with confidence because when we finally got him turned around I saw his, ahem, parts. I’m pretty sure that Bandit thought it was another cat in the yard, he was almost the same size.
SU managed to poke at him with the telescoping pole of the fruit picker and to finally get him scampering across the yard and into one of the bougainvilleas. We shone the flashlight in the thorny branches but we didn’t see any beady eyes staring back so we figured his exit was probably how he entered. The poor little guy was probably more scared of us than we were of him.
After our new friend returned from whence he came SU started muttering about trying to possum proof the yard so “his boys” wouldn’t get into trouble again. I pointed out that we live in the country and we’re always going to have all sorts of creatures wanting to visit so, he should probably learn to live with them. One things for sure, we’re certainly not lacking for entertainment by discovering new nocturnal critters…in the campo.