The Pirate household is in surburbia. However, we do have a sizeable lot (nearly 1 acre) for suburbia and there is open space nearby. Our own household animals currently include 3 cats and 20 chickens. The cats stay away from the chickens. :-)
We have observed, at times, a random deer or two and a flock of turkeys (never around Thanksgiving time, though). We also know that raccoons live "someplace" and possums are nearby also.
You'll need to excuse the graininess of the photos; I was taking the pictures through the screen door.
The possum in the back is nose-deep in the cat crunchy container.
Possums are really, really homely animals. They have that pointy rat face, a skinny rat tail and sparse hair.
In fact, their only endearing quality is that the (allegedly) will keel over 'dead' if frightened.
Don't think we didn't give that more than a passing thought, as we watched them through the screen door. :-)
Raccoons are cuter. What's not to like about that cute little masked face and clever use of their paw/hands?
Despite what the picture shows, it was not the Peaceable Kingdom on the deck.
Peter (or is that Paul? Dang, I can never remember who is who!) calmly remained to munch on the cat crunchies.
Such is the nighttime excitement in the Pirate household. :-)