We walk to school each morning and every morning there are seed pods all over the pavements. I can't tell which tree they come from, but the pods are only under trees. The older ones are dried and scatter their seeds while the more recent ones look brown and soggy. We didn't pay them much attention.
Then I thought to myself yesterday...are these things poops? Can't be. Not like a bird poop, too small and plentiful for cats. Nah, can't be a poop.
Well, it seems that yes, they are. Possum poop to be exact. About the size and shape of a giants rat's poop. So we've been treading through shit every morning.
So, it gets better. I didn't know we had possums in the area (which is dumb in hindsight as I live right next to a huge park) but suddenly thought about how the oranges we'd picked from the tree in the garden (and left on the ground) had been eaten. I thought it was the birds but after a bit of reading, it seems we've been feeding the possums. Oddly enough, they don't go for the fruits on the tree (and there are tons of oranges on the tree just now but all a bit past edible for us) but if we pick and drop them, those are quickly scarffed up. In fact this morning I noticed a littering of peels under the eucalyptus tree.
I may have accidentally made myself an unpopular neighbor by feeding the vermin, as it seems possums are a notorious house pest. One thing I read that's used as a possum deterrent is garlic. Possums have a very sensitive sense of smell and they don't like garlic. Well wouldn't you know, the other day I was hanging laundry and did notice a strong smell of garlic and thought someone was making a potent dinner. I'm now thinking, one of my neighbors may not be too pleased about a possum in our midst.
We'll just keep that between us.
No more treading in the possum poop, either.