Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | July 27, 2022

Kepler Finds Strange Creature

(3 Minute Read. 27July2022)

Woof! Woof!
This is Kepler, Master’s Jack Russell terrier, writing another article for Master’s Bible-Science Guy Blog.

Master has been encouraging me to write more because he says people tell him they like the way I think and enjoy my reports of my escapades. So here goes with another one.

Ambling through our campground last week, I found a dead animal. It looked like a very big overgrown rat with a pointy face, a long, hairless tail, and scraggly fur. I’m less interested in dead animals than live ones, so after a few unpleasant sniffs, Master and I trotted on.

Upon returning a few minutes later, the carcass was gone! I wondered who would have bothered to take such an ugly looking thing.

Master was grinning, so I knew something was up. He told me it was a possum. Possums “play dead” when they feel threatened, and most animals then leave them alone. Apparently this strange creature had gotten up and waddled away after we left the area.

Still I thought it was a horribly disgusting animal, and I wondered why the Great Creator had made it. What good is it? Even more, why did Noah let the thing on the Ark? Why didn’t he let it drown in the Great Flood and be done with it forever?

Master said that the Great Creator brought the animals to the Ark (Genesis 6:20). Noah didn’t pick and choose which animals to take onboard.

I wondered if Noah knew something about possums that most of us don’t know? Did he know something the Great Creator had done with possums? Is it possible that the ugly little possum actually glorifies its Creator?

Possum playing dead

I learned that possums are a great benefit to mankind. They are voracious consumers of pests like roaches, ticks, rats, and snakes.

Possums are nocturnal marsupials. They are excellent climbers and good swimmers. There are 127 species of possums but only one in the US. Called the Virginia opossum, it can be found in the eastern two-thirds of America, and its range is expanding westward. Australia, however, is home to 70 possum species.

Male possums are called jacks and females are called jills. A group of possums is called a passel. If I see a passel of possums, I am going to bark like crazy and chase them up trees.

Most amazingly, I learned that possums are immune to most snake venom, and they do not get rabies. Rattlesnakes and pit vipers can bite and bite and bite possums without killing them. Thanks to the Great Creator‘s possum there is an antidote to snake venom. I’m very glad now that the possum kind was on Noah’s Ark, for otherwise there would be no possums around today to benefit us.

Somewhat disconcertingly, I also learned that some people like to eat possum meat, especially with sweet potatoes. Possum is also used instead of rabbit and chicken in stews.

And there are annual Possum Festivals at which Possum Queens are crowned. At these festivals, possum is served in a variety of ways, and possum furs are sold. I hope Master does not buy Missus a possum fur to wear, because I like to sit close to her, and I really did not like the way that possum I found smelled.

Master told me that he actually saw a Possum Queen in Alabama several decades ago. It was a tremendous honor in that little southern town to be so chosen. He said the whole idea of a festival and queen to celebrate possums astonished him at the time. But he understands it now.

I wouldn’t mind trying some possum meat myself, either raw or roasted. But Master said he has not seen it in grocery stores. However, next time I see a possum, I will help myself.

Anyway, that’s how things look from the Kepler Dog House!

Till next time, this is Kepler signing off. Woof! Woof!

Questions to Ponder

1. Have you ever considered something repellent or useless on first impression, but changed your mind later?
2. Do you enjoy a food that others consider extremely unusual?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

This is the 49th article in a series of blog posts on a precocious Jack Russell terrier named Kepler. Numbers 1-8 are by Kepler’s master, the BibleScienceGuy. Numbers 9-49 are by Kepler himself.
Read the prequels:
1. Why I Named Our Puppy “Kepler”
2. Kepler’s Kind
3. Kepler’s Lopsided Trade
4. Kepler’s Amazing Nose
5. Kepler’s Business Card
6. Kepler & the Psycho Squirrel
(with video)
7. Taunting Kepler
8. Adam and Puppies

The following posts are by Kepler:
9. Who Taught Kepler?
10. Kepler Gets a Buddy
(with video)
11. Kepler Chases a Squirrel (with video)
12. Kepler’s Complaint
13. Kepler’s To-Do List
14. Kepler and the Football Weekend
15. Kepler’s Favorite Store
16. Kepler at a Truck Stop
17. Kepler & Henry Catch a Squirrel
18. Kepler Finds Killdeer Eggs
19. Kepler Finds Robin Eggs
20. Kepler Lives to Tell the Tale
21. Kepler, Bears, & Raccoons
22. Kepler Mentors Henry
23. Kepler Gets a Bear
24. Kepler Finds Strange Eggs
25. Kepler Finds Duck Eggs
26. Kepler Gives Thanks
27. Kepler’s Newest Enemy
28. Kepler Loves Bulldogs
29. Kepler Ponders Snow
30. Kepler Wants to Move to Australia
31. Kepler’s Dating Profile
32. Kepler Meets Skunk
33. Kepler Wants to Be Good
34. Kepler on Guard
35. Kepler Chews On Grammar
36. Kepler for President
37. Kepler for President: Grins & Growls #1
38. Kepler for President: Grins & Growls #2
39. Kepler’s Water Guns
40. Kepler Remembers Henry
(with video)
41. Kepler Gives a Virus Briefing
42. Kepler’s Campaign Advice
43. Kepler Ponders Senescence
44. Kepler’s AK-47
45. Kepler Talks Turkey
46. Kepler Versus the Squirrel
47. Kepler Hates This Word
48. Kepler and the FRIB

Read the sequel:
50. Kepler ??? coming soon . . .

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Wednesday July 27, 2022 A.D.

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And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
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And the breath of all mankind?
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Responses

  1. Hey Kepler, Your possum story was another home room. Folks often spout “fight and flight” as the survival instincts, forgetting “freeze.” As you have learned from a possum, “freeze” can be very effective in the right circumstances. Keep up the good work.

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    • Thank you, Mr. Clif for commenting on my possum adventure and for your encouragement. You have good advice for humans, but as for myself, I do not like “flight” or “freeze.” I like “fight” and “bark and bite” much better.
      Woof! Woof! – Kepler

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  2. Thank you for the information about possums. It was very interesting and informative. They are not pretty but I’m glad God saw fit to put them on the earth.

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