RIP: Neighborhood Opossum

Within the past 15 minutes, I found a dead opossum on my parkway. It was quite awful, really. I’m not sure if it was male or female, but it was flattened, which leads me to believe it was run over by a car and then the guilty person picked it up and put it on the parkway. I went inside my house and got a large white garbage bag to put it in. I had a shovel ready to use, scooped it up, put it in, and tied up the bag. After a few moments, I chatted with a neighbor, with the bag in one hand. As we were talking, I looked at the bag, which clearly showed blood as the body slid down into the bag. It wasn’t the blood that was so upsetting to me. It was feeling the weight of the dead opossum as I held the bag, at least 5 pounds. Then, with emotion running high, I said to my neighbor, “It’s so awful! I’m carrying a dead body! A dead body!” She was also a bit disturbed by it. It’s really a different experience when compared to disposing of dead insects, at least for me. With another mammal, just acknowledging the heft of the fallen beast made it quite sad and very disturbing. I walked away quickly into my house, with the bag and found myself, surprisingly, saying a prayer for the opossum, and its inglorious end. I then placed it in a garbage bag outside. If it visited my back or front yards, I hope the visit was a good one, at least. RIP neighborhood opossum.

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