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A big stink in the attic. I search around for a bit, and note this telltale bit of fur.
Voila, I pull away the insulation, and there's the dead opossum.
A close-up, in case the previous photo wasn't clear enough for you.
Opossums are one of the most common dead wildlife extractions that I handle. This is because they tend to breed in high numbers, and subsequently die in high numbers. Opossums, though large, only live for about 3 years in the wild. When they do die, they frequently choose the building they are living in - be it attic, wall, or under house, as their final resting place. Final until I come along, that is. Many people tolerate animals in their house until they die, and the odor finally forces the issue. The problem with this mentality is that wildlife within a home often results in biohazard or even building damage. If you have a possum in your attic, have a pro remove it (or them) before you and your nose experience the above scenario! For more info, go back to my main dead animal removal page.