Join Date: May 2015
Location: in the Finger Lakes, NY, USA
Possums up here are gnarly looking but they're very passive critters... will hide or climb away from danger instead of getting mean and fighting. They're also pretty slow and deliberate... possums don't run. Our Bull Terrier caught one in our barn going after the chickens years ago and killed it so fast (2 to 3 seconds) that we didn't even realize what she had until she turned around dragging it by the neck.
Raccoons on the other hand... they are ABSOLUTELY mean and dangerous. A raccoon will give a single dog enough of a fight that most dogs learn to leave them alone.
At a park near where I grew up (with a lot of camping), the coons will beg food from campers. Some drunken genius (at a party I was attending) said "here... hold my beer" and proceeded to walk up to a raccoon, giving it a snack (they used to take popcorn out of my hand... they LOVE popcorn). When the animal reached out to take the food the intrepid drunk reached around and grabbed the coon by the tail and chucked it through the air to smack into a tree maybe 10' away. The raccoon hit the ground awkwardly but was on his feet instantly and LAUNCHED at the dipshit... then proceed to TEAR HIM UP. Many stitches later I think the kid decided that messing with raccoons was probably a bad idea.
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