How to get a live possum out of a car engine?
September 24, 2011 2:23 PM Subscribe
A possum has made a nest inside my car's engine! What can I do to get it out without damaging the car or the critter?
posted by oh yeah! to Pets & Animals (27 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
After a sad incident with a feral cat earlier this year, I always pop the hood of my car before I drive anywhere to make sure nothing has crawled inside. Today, when I opened the hood I noticed there seemed to be an awful lot of garbage (leaves & junk food wrappers) packed in there, and pulled it out only to reveal something furry and breathing. When it didn't run away from my noisiness I was afraid it was a dying cat, but it eventually moved around enough for me to see it is a very much alive possum. Pic 1
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, Video (watch for the eye blink at the end)
What should I do? There's a decent auto repair place right down the block, but they're closed now until Monday. If I call Animal Control, will they wreck my car getting the critter out? (Jersey City Animal Control is already in after-hours mode, so, I'd have to call the police non-emergency dispatcher.) If I call AAA will they just tell me to call Animal Control? Are there any household remedies I can use now to make my engine a less inviting space, like dumping some chili powder in there, so it will crawl away overnight?