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© Andrea Petersen
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I shot this picture several years ago with a film camera. There was no blood shed. Our dog will be 15 in April. The possum did not play dead as they usually do...She was a young possum and she sauntered away after hissing and growling at the dog. The ground was pure ice from a sleet storm that we had and I literally had to lie down flat on the ground to take this picture as I could not stand on my feet from the time I went outside the door until I came back in. Koki, our dog scooted out the door with me before I could stop her. She was 2 years old at the time and very curious but she knew better than to attack the possum...Would I do this again? I don't think I would chance it.

An update...Our dog, Koki, passed away at 17 years old in 2011...She was blind
and deaf in her last year of life. This picture is of her when she was young and
full of energy.

65 responses

  • Dhanny P

    Dhanny P (Deleted) gave props (15 Jan 2009):


  • Rob Roy

    Rob Roy (Deleted) gave props (15 Jan 2009):

    This is a WOWser, Andrea!! All the action clearly defined against a perfect white background-- VERY neat shot!! It appears the possum is missing the very tip of its tail... who knows how that happened!! Brave youg dog... brave young photographer!! KUDOS.. and thanks for posting!!

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (15 Jan 2009):

    This is a real action packed, story telling photo. Full of adventure and excitement for all 3 involved parties. Your dog is smarter than mine. When mine was about 2, he jumped a possum in the back yard, and the possum kicked his backside. Our dog wound up at the vet on antibiotics. Since then he leaves a respectable distance between himself and the possum, and just barks his silly head off while the possum hisses and growls.

  • Lesley S

    Lesley S (Deleted) gave props (15 Jan 2009):

    This is an amazing shot!!! Love the story behind it - glad no-one got hurt!!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (15 Jan 2009):

    Wonderful action shot! It's funny and dramatic at the same time.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (15 Jan 2009):

    I agree that this is a wonderful action shot. What a fantastic opportunity to see and photograph this between the dog and the possum! I can just imagine you laying flat on the ground to capture the photo : ) Photographers will do most anything to get the photo!

  • Sarah Dudley

    Sarah Dudley said (15 Jan 2009):

    Oh my, that thing looks mean! My dog caught a possum a month or so ago and i thought he'd killed it, but when i went back to check on it, it was gone! They really do play dead convincingly! (except this one obviously!)

  • Lois Martin

    Lois Martin gave props (15 Jan 2009):

    Great picture!

  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck gave props (15 Jan 2009):

    This is awesome!

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (15 Jan 2009):

    great action shot! wow!

  • Mayette Ignacio

    Mayette Ignacio gave props (16 Jan 2009):

    Right place at the right time!!! and I'm sure if the opportunity comes knocking you wont let it go by w/o clicking!!

  • Lori Reece

    Lori Reece gave props (18 Jan 2009):

    How cute!! The dog looks like a teddy bear!

  • triciamary

    triciamary gave props (18 Jan 2009):

    What a great shot! Love the ready-to-pounce posture of both of them. Glad to hear none of them did!

  • Martie Last

    Martie Last gave props (22 Jan 2009):

    Oh yea, I am familiar with the opposum! That hissing sound makes my skin crawl. This is a great shot if a drama unfolding right in your own backyard.

  • Nicole DeVita

    Nicole DeVita gave props (3 Feb 2009):

    Great Capture!!


    JOE FAILK gave props (5 Feb 2009):

    Great Shot! My cats have had encounters. They were quite noisy I had to chase the possum away.

  • Chelsea K

    Chelsea K gave props (20 Feb 2009):


  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (16 Mar 2009):

    I like possums. My cats tolerate them. This is a neat picture. The possums have a LARGE set of teeth. Glad the dog did not fight the possum. I like the pix. I had some visit me last summer.

  • molly .

    molly . gave props (7 Apr 2009):

    this is an amazing shot!

  • Matthew Valles

    Matthew Valles said (11 Apr 2009):

    what a great photo!!!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (2 Jun 2009):

    I still just love this one. :-)

  • Karen Zimmerman

    Karen Zimmerman gave props (20 Aug 2009):

    This is terrific! I thought it was somehow in a studio, it is so uniformly white! Great catch!

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (16 Oct 2009):

    I love this! Ice was the back dorp huh? I am glad you told us..Fabulous capture!

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (7 Nov 2009):

    Still loving this cute shot!

  • Copia Dothu

    Copia Dothu said (26 Nov 2009):

    Go possum!!!!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (27 Jan 2012):

    voted on this cute photo!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (28 Jan 2012):

    A precious memory capture. I still can not look at pictures of Geronimo. My vote.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (28 Jan 2012):

    Sure glad no blood fell. Great action shot. And now dear Koki is at peace. I'm picturing her as her youthful self playing in heaven with Geronimo.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (28 Jan 2012):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (28 Jan 2012):

    Thank you everyone for the comments, fav's, views and votes on this entry. When I look at it I re-live that moment of time and I am still astonished that this possum did not play dead as they normally do when they feel threatened nor did it attack....It was almost like it sensed that Koki was young just like itself and they had a mutual understanding between them, that we humans may never comprehend. Perhaps it helped that I was lying down on the ground shooting this picture that the possum did not even feel threatened by me with the camera...Amazingly I only had a 50 mm lens when I shot this picture and I was very close to them after sliding several feet on the icy ground on my stomach to get the shot....

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (28 Jan 2012):

    I can just visualize you laying on the ground just to get this awesome photo! Voted!!!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (28 Jan 2012):

    Gotta vote for this one forsure!!! and did!!!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (28 Jan 2012):

    love it

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (28 Jan 2012):

    ha. this is so funny! my vote.


    JOE FAILK gave props (29 Jan 2012):


  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (29 Jan 2012):

    Awwww.....what a precious memory to have of your cute Koki confronting that possum!! Voted.

  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott (Deleted) gave props (30 Jan 2012):

    My vote!!!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker said (1 Feb 2012):


  • Juanita Vivas

    Juanita Vivas (Deleted) gave props (3 Feb 2012):

    Great entry. Voted.

  • ajtiM

    ajtiM (Deleted) said (5 Feb 2012):

    excellent timing! my vote.

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (7 Feb 2012):

    Oh yes a vote for the memory of Koki!

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (8 Feb 2012):

    What an adorable pup Koki was, Andrea!!! She was also very fortunate, I think. I once had a cat I loved, and she was attacked in the yard by a possum. It almost killed her, and cost a lot for the vet to save her. Anyway, it turned out fine for Koki, and you really captured a memorable moment!!! Bravo my friend!! Voted!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (10 Feb 2012):

    LOL, great stand off! What a great capture Andrea, excellent entry for the theme ☺

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (10 Feb 2012):

    What an incredible capture!! You really went the extra mile for this one, putting yourself at risk I think, and it paid off in spades! Fantastic action shot and entry!! Voted! .. Koki was such a beauty, you must really miss her..

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (14 Feb 2012):

    A priceless entry, quite wonderful Andrea.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (18 Feb 2012):

    so sweet!!! Vote Andrea!!!

  • Nabila Khanam

    Nabila Khanam gave props (21 Feb 2012):

    What a "moment"!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (22 Feb 2012):

    A fantastic shot and story! Got my vote!

  • Nadeem Shafi

    Nadeem Shafi gave props (26 Feb 2012):

    What an encounter to encounter!

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (15 Mar 2012):

    Well seen and presented! Got my vote.

  • elle

    elle said (21 Mar 2012):

    Voted Love it

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (1 Apr 2012):

    Voting :)

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (22 Jun 2015):

    Back to vote !!!

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (22 Jun 2015):

    a wonderful theme image! voted!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (23 Jun 2015):


  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (24 Jun 2015):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Kathleen DesHotel

    Kathleen DesHotel   gave props (28 Jun 2015):

    Dog is God spelled backwards! Smart poochie sets territory without an actual battle. Love!

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (28 Jun 2015):

    aww this is so sweet! My vote!

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (2 Jul 2015):

    A scary moment - glad Koki was smart enough to do nothing.

  • Barbara Kurth

    Barbara Kurth said (4 Jul 2015):

    Such a cute catch ! Voted !

  • Talisha (Tally) Sachlis

    Talisha (Tally) Sachlis   said (7 Jul 2015):

    Such a great capture for the theme, Andrea! My vote!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (2 Feb 2017):

    Thank you all for your comments and response....A link that I left under replies in 2009 referring to Rob Roy's site to see his possum picture has expired as he took his membership out years ago and consequently that page is no longer open to view....
    I am grateful that I got the response that I did on my photo here which I shot with a
    film FE2 Nikon camera.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (3 Feb 2017):

    This is fantastic and sad about your puppy. It is funny because my little porch possum ate with my feral porch cat and all was friendly...I love this!!!

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (5 Feb 2017):

    Fantastic capture!

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