We had feral cat kittens last year. We did all the Right Things – we handled the kittens, we took the mommas to KittiCo to get fixed, we placed ten of the eleven kittens, and we kept one. We started leaving food out on the back porch for the momma kitties – because it didn’t seem right to make them starve. We’ve had the occasional neighborhood tom show up and steal some, but mostly it’s worked out.
Or so we thought. We’ve seen this guy once before, but last night we got a good picture of him:
Didelphis virginiana, the Virginia Opossum. America’s only marsupial.
He sat there quite unconcerned, drinking his fill while we watched, and then waddled off into the night.
Then, this morning when Chis got up at 5:30, we saw this:
Proycon lotor, the American Raccoon.
You can’t see the water dish, because he’s leaning over it – he would go back and forth, washing each piece of cat food.
We don’t live in the country, y’all.