Not playing dead

Categories Atlántida, Flora and fauna

It’s been clear for a while that a comadreja (possum) had been getting into our compost barrel.

comadreja (possum), Uruguay

Its last visit was indeed its last.

dead comedreja (possum) in compost barrel, Uruguay

Since lately I’ve only taken compost out after dark (without a light), I don’t know how long it had been there. But I expect I would have heard it moving when I emptied scraps on top of it. The last time this happened, I actually tipped over the barrel so it could escape.

I just recently bought a book, Compost Everything: The Good Guide to Extreme Composting, whose author would have left it there. I’m not there yet. I took it to the overgrown corner lot to let nature do its thing there.

Obviously it couldn’t climb out. But why did it die?

4 thoughts on “Not playing dead

  1. MMMM. I think it had a tiny little heart attack from pure exhaustion. R I P little one.

    1. Yes, RIP. We don’t feel too sorry for it though, since it’s probably the same one that ruined 10% of our first avocado crop (i.e., three avocados ;-).

  2. Perhaps your little scavenger got into rat poison at a neighbor’s house before visiting your compost barrel for desert. I think I would have covered him in wood chips to avoid the unpleasant task of moving him. Since he worked so hard to gnaw his way through the lid, this may be a case of “just desserts.”

    1. Hmmm. I don’t suspect neighbors are putting out rat poison. Everyone has pets. There lots of cats around. The lid has been chewed up for quite a while — that wasn’t a one-time thing, though it might have been somewhat toxic, depending what binder they use in that low-quality particle board.

      It wasn’t unpleasant moving him. He wasn’t decaying yet.

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