Havahart trap doing its job

I was cleaning out the fridge, and noticed the shut trap.
Moved it without noticing a perceptible weight.

CC told me a half hour later, while I was hosing out the fridge that there was a critter inside.

I carried “Shalimar” up to the deck and clicked some shitty shotz but realize she could have shot me with something far worse.
She waddled slowly out of the cage, headed away from the cage, then ambled back toward me (ulp) and when I moved a bit her tail stood up straight and I froze.

PS: fridge is out-of-doors (we hate the damn noise, plus the heat it throws off, etc…much more efficient outside, but the wildlife have gotten pretty good at licking up the spilled shite I dribble while trying to carry six things into the house (this is ‘Phelanian efficiency” : 79% of the food makes it into the house, the rest lies in a trail between fridge door and threshold: a perfect feeding zone for possum, skunk, slug, towhee, and raccoon).

The killer trap for rats is under a metal milk crate,  and the bigger animals are safe.

~ by jacquiephelan on July 21, 2010.


  1. Because the good lord saw fit to bring me into the world without an olfactory sense — seriously, everything basically smells like air — I have never smelled skunk. I hear it’s awful, probably a good balance to the abject cuteness of the critter’s face in close-up photo # 1.

  2. Skunk isn’t too bad from a distance. From close up it have be harsh – like a punch to the inside of your nostrils.

  3. She certainly is a cutie, though I’m not sure I’d have wanted to be that close!
    I love your outdoor refrigerator solution; so outside the box. Do you move it indoors in the winter?

  4. Glad you didn’t get “Skunked!” That’s a reeek that is seriously hard to get rid of. I had a dog who got sprayed once, and it took about three baths with Dawn dish soap, plus a general airing off time of about a week before you could pet her without lingering after-effects.

  5. Shalimar how cute:))

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