.I'm gonna have to compose myself from laughin' so hard. When mom announced, "that "possum is gone"...an' then, "good job, let's go to the house for cookies!"....Lexie an' I were already half way there. No sense in stayin' out there, 'cause that 'possum was gone for sure...now.....w/mom's help....again.
It all started when Lexie an' I had that possum cornered in the lil' loquat tree way out back. Of course, we may have been a lil' noisy, and that's what woke dad up. He came outa the bedroom an' told mom what we were up to. Well, he told her what we were soundin' like. Since he's not as willin' to go traipsin' about in the dark in his jammies....mom grabbed her big lite an' headed out to see what was goin' on.
She found us at that tree. One of us on each side. We waited while she got under it an' shined her lite. Naturally, she wasn't in the right spot an' didn't see anythin'. So, we had to coach her to look in the right spot. She got under that tree an' still didn't see anythin'. She shined that lite this way an' that way, lookin' this way an' that. Finally, she just grabbed that tree an' shook it a couple of times really hard. Usin' the theory that if you shake a tree hard enough, somethin's bound to fall out. It worked.
I had to alert her to come around to my side. There that possum was...hangin' onto the end of a limb that was hangin' over our fence an' the field. Mom figured that's where he needed to go....in that field. She grabbed her trusty 10 foot pole (she says that's a necessary piece of AHS equipment an' won't let dad throw it away). Then she proceeded to push/knock/prod that possum off the end of that limb. She thought she had succeeded. That branch bent way down then popped up sans possum.
This is where Lexie an' I were torn between yellin' at that possum, yellin' at mom...yellin' in surprise an' alarm...heck...it was an excitin' moment...I tell you. At one point...mom was yellin'.
All of a sudden...her pole was way too heavy to hang onto while holdin' it an' her big lite. She had to drop that lite to keep from losin' her pole. "Cause just before droppin' her lite, she could see that big possum pullin' himself up on her pole an' startin' to move pretty fast toward her end of the pole. <at this point..we were all yellin'>
Mom started backin' up...still holdin' her pole..tryin' to scrape him off her pole on the top of the fence. He wasn't lettin' go...she tried whackin' the pole on the fence to knock him off...but he weighed too much an' he was still kinda on the other end.
I had to step in to save mom....I started jumpin' up on the fence under that possum...Lexie was yellin' encouragement an' ready to intervene if any one of us managed to knock him to the ground. At this point...I think a lite bulb of sense came to that possum...an' he decided that fence may just be his salvation. The next time mom was able to get him close to it, he grabbed the top of the fence an' took off down it towards Ginger's house (she was inside an' clueless to what was happenin'). All three of us were after him.....me an' Lexie jumpin' an hollarin' ...mom w/her stick (still no lite)...but he got away. Last I could tell...he was about midway on the fence in Ginger's yard.
This is when mom told us it was gone (duh)...an' we went to the house for a reward of a job well done. We were successful in eliminating a poacher...an' we saved mom. Hopefully, he's learned his lesson. Probably not...but that's ok...we'll be here...an' ready. Not sure about mom's "help", though....for some reason...they seem to escape more often when she "helps". But Lexie an' I wouldn't have it any other way....it's always lots more excitin' when she does.