Having wild animals around when you live in the country is a given. We have done battle with one or more each of racoons, ‘possums, and groundhogs. The groundhogs especially are bad for the garden.
In the process of growing lots of tomatoes every year, a ripening table is set up on the deck. Here is where we deposit tomatoes that could stand another day in the sun. At various times, there were as many as 70-80 tomatoes on the table this summer.
A few weeks ago I was standing on the deck, and I heard a faint chomping noise. As I looked around, I saw a ‘possum with his feet on the table, eating tomatoes like there was no tomorrow. I was no more than 3 feet away at this point. The overgrown rat with white fur looked at me and kept eating.
Something snapped in me. I hauled off and smacked it in the head with my open hand. I swung again and missed. The animal started moving at this point, scampering off down the stairs. I chased it as it went, trying to hit it some more.
I was surprised at myself. My hand hurt.
Of course, the ‘possum and the other animals will continue to eat the produce, marching right up and helping themselves. This is part of the cool things you get while living in the country.