This car owner heard a scratching noise coming from the hood of her car—when it wasn’t running. When she lifted the hood, she came face-to-face with this opossum. She called David Seerveld, a wildlife removal expert at AAAnimal Control. “It chose to assume a defensive position rather than play dead, and it bared its teeth and stood still,” says Seerveld. That’s when he took the photo. After using a snare pole to noose the opossum, he placed it in a cage and relocated it to a nature preserve. Find out how to keep your home—and car?—pest-free.
A client heard noises coming from the fireplace one night and opened the damper to check it out. Imagine the surprise when bats flew out and into the living room! Apparently, they made the chimney their home. Although bats eat up to 1,200 flying insects an hour, you wouldn’t want them inside your house. Seerveld safely captured and released the unharmed bats outside. (If you think this is bad, wait till you see these 34 plumping nightmares.)
Running a fowl
Seerveld was called in when residents ran into this Guinea hen in an apartment building stairwell. Seerveld says that sometimes Guinea hens are kept as pets; apparently, this one decided to fly the coop. An attempt to capture the hen with a net failed, so Seerveld waited until he was able to approach the hen and grab it by the body and feet and place it in the net. Thankfully, he was able to find the hen a more suitable home: “A wildlife rehab clinic accepted the bird since I was not allowed to just release it into the wild.”