When I walked in I was surprised to find her with her hand reaching in the pouch of Mrs. Possum. She gently pulled out three little babies, each still attached to their mom for nourishment. They weren't quite ready to come out on their own.
As you probably already surmised, my wife has quite the way with animals. It's why I gave her the nickname "Dr. Doolittle" when I first met her, but watching that momma possum sit silently and continue to eat during this encounter was simply amazing. That wise little possum momma knew that my lady was not there to hurt her.
A moment later, the "Doctor" gently placed the babies back in their pouch, gently touched the mother on the back and said goodbye. A few moments later we watched this smart animal cautiously exit the garage, go over the fence, and return to the woods. She had her dinner and now would settle in for the night.
As I thought back about what had taken place I realized that sometimes animals have more sense than we do. Oh, they can be ferocious when they must, but normally they will leave you alone if they don't feel threatened. But when they do, watch out. They usually don't initiate a problem.
We always leave a little bit of leftover pet food in a bowl for them in the garage. If we don't they turn the place upside down looking for something to eat. When we do , all is quiet on the "Western Front" after their visit.
I am so fortunate that God has allowed me to live in the country where I can experience small events like this one. It is so much better than TV and it teaches me so much about nature, life, and the wonders of God's creations. Thank you, Lord, for showing me the real world the way it was created to be.
And a wonderful and peaceful weekend to all of you. Be safe out therel