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Deer has unexpected encounter with possum, totally freaks out

Deer Has Unexpected Encounter With Possum, Overreacts

You would think a possum would, you know, 'play possum' when threatened -- but this YouTube video shows that's not what happened when one possum met an unsuspecting deer. Fox News says,

"The deer jumps about 5 feet into the air. You see that? The possum looked a little startled too, but that deer sure was scared."

That jump might have looked impressive, but National Geographic reports mature White-Tailed deer can jump almost twice as high.

And what's perhaps even more interesting is that the possum actually attacked an animal almost 10 times its size. Normally in that situation, possums would employ their namesake strategy.

Possums usually drop to the ground, remain completely still and even stick out their tongues when confronted by potential predators.

Of course, as one deer learned this week ... that doesn't always happen.

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tailor270 May 28 2014 at 6:28 AM

Great job on the spelling, guys .It's spelled, Opossum.

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jshe44281 May 28 2014 at 6:34 AM

Yes. The writers for HP would do common core proud.

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Judith jshe44281 May 28 2014 at 2:01 PM

So would you - opossum if in North America, possum if in Australia. Two different animals but apparently you and a lot of other posters don't know that. Oh, well...

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cherylhaass May 28 2014 at 10:27 AM

Possums have a surprisingly large mouth, as full of teeth as a shark's. They can inflict really nasty bites on other animals, which often become septic and result in death if untreated.

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Lin May 28 2014 at 10:13 AM

opossum, now in what world will that really matter , get a life worry about something that matters.

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Crockett May 28 2014 at 9:47 AM

Deer are pretty skittish critters for obvious reasons.

I remember when I was hunting down in Floriduh, I was in a tree stand watching a 6 pointer trying to cross a ditch (Fairly deep water) walking on fallen Live Oak, The tree wasn't too big but it was there for a long time judging by the fungus and moss all over it. Anyway, it managed to get a little over 1/3 of the way across before it slipped, fell on its side hitting the tree, and then going into the drink. Wished I could have gotten it on video. It really was pretty damned funny.

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oranbaker51 May 28 2014 at 8:54 AM

dismissing the typos and it is hardly opussum "attack". funny video but if this is news.. someone has very low standards on what exactly is news worthy.

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reevesj32 May 28 2014 at 8:43 AM

Tailor270... Yeah, I noticed that also. I too know how it's spelled... often wondered why.

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vafilec_39 reevesj32 May 28 2014 at 5:17 PM

Dictionary tells us that both are acceptable.

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TripleXKimberly May 28 2014 at 7:49 PM

They were both startled by each other. The deer went over to check the opossum out and they both jumped. Didn't look like the opossum attacked the deer at all. Stop trying to make a mountain out of a opossum.

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vafilec_39 May 28 2014 at 5:15 PM

That possum looks like it bit the deer on the nose. I call them "possum"........In the dictionary its a colloquial word and perfectly acceptable. Spelling lessons should only be referred to after you have consulted the dictionary.

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voorjaartx May 28 2014 at 9:14 PM

if anyone's ever encountered an opossum...they're horrible, aggressive creatures. That deer did what any of us would do walking up on one of these miserable animals

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