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Old 05-10-2007, 11:24 AM
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By LaKISHA LADSON / The Dallas Morning News
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After what happened this week, John and Pat Heard are beyond any tussle over whether to keep the toilet lid down.

Mr. Heard went to the half-bath in his Rockwall home Monday and found a pair of eyes staring up at him. A baby possum, its hind legs and tail still in the water, was marooned at the front of the slippery bowl.

Mr. Heard's initial shock and revulsion quickly turned to compassion.

"He was sitting still, but he was aware that I was there and turned his head and was looking at me," Mr. Heard said. "I could tell from the doleful look on his face that he didn't really want to be there."

The soggy ball of fur didn't make a sound.

Mr. Heard speculated that the possum, about the width of his fist, was exhausted. He figured it must have traveled more than 50 feet – through traps and pipe bends – from a partially opened sewer access pipe outside the Heard home on Sunset Hill Drive.

Mrs. Heard cautiously peeked into the toilet at the creature – just long enough to put the lid down.

Her husband called Rockwall animal control, and an officer with a cage, gloves and a stick with a lasso on the end arrived in about 15 minutes.

Scott Faucheux took the cage into the bathroom and had Mr. Heard shut the door behind him. The officer quickly had the possum inside the cage, where he let the animal rest a while.

"I wanted to make sure he wasn't in shock or anything," Mr. Faucheux said.

Mr. Faucheux said large possums are docile, but the smaller ones can be feisty. He wasn't worried, though.

"Possums really don't cause harm to anybody," he said.

The Heards' home sits about 100 yards from Lake Ray Hubbard, with only a grassy swath separating it from the water. They've seen armadillos, turtles, herons and ducks, and even heard coyotes.

But the possum in the toilet was a first.

Mr. Faucheux said it was a first for him as well. He said people need to keep in mind that it's spring and make sure their homes – including attic vents – are sealed against all manner of critters.

"This time of year, snakes are moving," Mr. Faucheux said.

He said he set the possum free Tuesday in eastern Rockwall County.

Mr. Heard said he planned no change in his approach to toilets but would leave them differently:

"My wife said from now on, she wants the lid down on all three bathrooms!"
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Old 05-10-2007, 12:18 PM
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Thats why you should never eat under-cooked possum!
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Old 05-10-2007, 01:17 PM
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Need to be careful - you could have a possum on yer bottum!
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Old 05-10-2007, 01:25 PM
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are you sure that richard gere didnt pay you a visit? oh, nevermind, that would be a gerbil
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Old 05-10-2007, 01:52 PM
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Hell, when I sit on a toilet the only smile I want to see is mine!

I just knew I was going to have to defend being a monkey again when I clicked on this one!

SG is gonna have a fit when she comes online!
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Found a baby one yesterday...barely alive then my dog found it...(crunch) cracked it open like a walnut. Poor lil dude.
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marker150 - 5/10/2007 11:24 AM






Mrs. Heard cautiously peeked into the toilet at the creature – just long enough to put the lid down.










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he could have atleest waited for it too finish takin a dump
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Old 05-10-2007, 09:07 PM
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This gives new meaning to the kids' book Posssum Come a Knock'in
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I think all he had to do was put the lid down and give it a couple of flushes and he would have sent that little critter back past 'GO' without collecting $200. Problem solved, no costs to taxpayers.
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