It was a possum. That may not seem so unusual...except I had never heard of possums on Ocracoke. Maybe some of our island readers will share more news about possums on the island.
In the past a number of other animals have been introduced to Ocracoke, or found there way here by accident. Most are fairly new arrivals. They include:
- nutria, or Russian rats (long-time residents of Ocracoke)
- rabbits (they've been around quite a while also)
- minks (they make appearances along the highway every now and then)
- squirrels (they're all over the village...have been for about 10 years)
- pheasants (I think our local hunters dispatched them some time ago)
- deer (I haven't seen any in a few years, but they may survive)
- racoons (apparently they found their way to the island several years ago)
- bears (they swim over to Ocracoke once in a while, but, thankfully, never stay long)
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Sam Jones, Island Legend. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news012111.htm.