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I have ripe oranges on the tree. Something is stealing and eating them.
Four fruit have been taken off the tree and left a few metres away. Each
has a neat round hole cut in the side about 5cm across, the small bits of
skin were left scattered about. The predator has then neatly eaten all the
flesh of the orange leaving an empty skin with a hole in it. No bird or
animal has been sighted nearby. There are no identifiable bite marks
anywhere to give away the culprit.

The bats have left for warmer latitudes and in any case they cannot eat on
the ground.

A mouse couldn't move the whole fruit and wouldn't need a hole that big.

There are no stray gouges from teeth marks that rats so often leave when
they eat something sizeable so if it is a rat it is the neatest one ever
seen who was very focussed on getting to the flesh while chewing the least
amount of skin.

Rabbits would go for all manner of other things in the garden before oranges
and there are no droppings.

I am thinking it is a possum.

Any views?

David





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David Hare-Scott wrote:
I have ripe oranges on the tree. Something is stealing and eating them.
Four fruit have been taken off the tree and left a few metres away. Each
has a neat round hole cut in the side about 5cm across, the small bits
of skin were left scattered about. The predator has then neatly eaten
all the flesh of the orange leaving an empty skin with a hole in it. No
bird or animal has been sighted nearby. There are no identifiable bite
marks anywhere to give away the culprit.

The bats have left for warmer latitudes and in any case they cannot eat
on the ground.

A mouse couldn't move the whole fruit and wouldn't need a hole that big.

There are no stray gouges from teeth marks that rats so often leave when
they eat something sizeable so if it is a rat it is the neatest one ever
seen who was very focussed on getting to the flesh while chewing the
least amount of skin.

Rabbits would go for all manner of other things in the garden before
oranges and there are no droppings.

I am thinking it is a possum.

Any views?

David


Possum - they have got all my grapefruit, the b+++++s got most of the plums and apples too
--
Anne Chambers
South Australia

anne dot chambers at bigpond dot com
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I have ripe oranges on the tree. Something is stealing and eating them.
Four fruit have been taken off the tree and left a few metres away. Each
has a neat round hole cut in the side about 5cm across, the small bits of
skin were left scattered about. The predator has then neatly eaten all the
flesh of the orange leaving an empty skin with a hole in it. No bird or
animal has been sighted nearby. There are no identifiable bite marks
anywhere to give away the culprit.

The bats have left for warmer latitudes and in any case they cannot eat on
the ground.

A mouse couldn't move the whole fruit and wouldn't need a hole that big.

There are no stray gouges from teeth marks that rats so often leave when
they eat something sizeable so if it is a rat it is the neatest one ever
seen who was very focussed on getting to the flesh while chewing the least
amount of skin.

Rabbits would go for all manner of other things in the garden before
oranges and there are no droppings.

I am thinking it is a possum.

Any views?

David






Rats can bore out the round holes. They have done it to my pomegranates.
They did it also to my neighbours Oranges, also grapefruit 3 houses away and
i have seen guavas with the same damage.


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"Anne Chambers" wrote in message
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David Hare-Scott wrote:
I have ripe oranges on the tree. Something is stealing and eating them.
Four fruit have been taken off the tree and left a few metres away. Each
has a neat round hole cut in the side about 5cm across, the small bits
of skin were left scattered about. The predator has then neatly eaten
all the flesh of the orange leaving an empty skin with a hole in it. No
bird or animal has been sighted nearby. There are no identifiable bite
marks anywhere to give away the culprit.

The bats have left for warmer latitudes and in any case they cannot eat
on the ground.

A mouse couldn't move the whole fruit and wouldn't need a hole that big.

There are no stray gouges from teeth marks that rats so often leave when
they eat something sizeable so if it is a rat it is the neatest one ever
seen who was very focussed on getting to the flesh while chewing the
least amount of skin.

Rabbits would go for all manner of other things in the garden before
oranges and there are no droppings.

I am thinking it is a possum.

Any views?

David


Possum - they have got all my grapefruit, the b+++++s got most of the
plums and apples too
--
Anne Chambers
South Australia

anne dot chambers at bigpond dot com


I live in North Queensland. I have possums living in my shed. They run
across the roof at night. They sound like a herd of elephants having an
orgy. I have oranges, lemons, grapefruit, and mandarins. I have never seen
any fruit eaten in such a way. Now cockatoos, flying foxes, and parrots -
they are my enemies.
Cheers,
Dan


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David Hare-Scott wrote:
I have ripe oranges on the tree. Something is stealing and eating them.
Four fruit have been taken off the tree and left a few metres away.
Each has a neat round hole cut in the side about 5cm across, the small
bits of skin were left scattered about. The predator has then neatly
eaten all the flesh of the orange leaving an empty skin with a hole in
it. No bird or animal has been sighted nearby. There are no
identifiable bite marks anywhere to give away the culprit.

The bats have left for warmer latitudes and in any case they cannot eat
on the ground.

A mouse couldn't move the whole fruit and wouldn't need a hole that big.

There are no stray gouges from teeth marks that rats so often leave
when they eat something sizeable so if it is a rat it is the neatest one
ever seen who was very focussed on getting to the flesh while chewing
the least amount of skin.

Rabbits would go for all manner of other things in the garden before
oranges and there are no droppings.

I am thinking it is a possum.

Any views?

David





Rat

bait the trap with liquorice and wire to the truck


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David Hare-Scott wrote:
I have ripe oranges on the tree. Something is stealing and eating them.
Four fruit have been taken off the tree and left a few metres away.
Each has a neat round hole cut in the side about 5cm across, the small
bits of skin were left scattered about. The predator has then neatly
eaten all the flesh of the orange leaving an empty skin with a hole in
it. No bird or animal has been sighted nearby. There are no
identifiable bite marks anywhere to give away the culprit.

The bats have left for warmer latitudes and in any case they cannot eat
on the ground.

A mouse couldn't move the whole fruit and wouldn't need a hole that big.

There are no stray gouges from teeth marks that rats so often leave
when they eat something sizeable so if it is a rat it is the neatest one
ever seen who was very focussed on getting to the flesh while chewing
the least amount of skin.

Rabbits would go for all manner of other things in the garden before
oranges and there are no droppings.

I am thinking it is a possum.

Any views?

David





Rat
Bait the trap with liquorice and wire to the trunk
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David Hare-Scott wrote:
I have ripe oranges on the tree. Something is stealing and eating them.
Four fruit have been taken off the tree and left a few metres away. Each
has a neat round hole cut in the side about 5cm across, the small bits of
skin were left scattered about. The predator has then neatly eaten all
the flesh of the orange leaving an empty skin with a hole in it. No bird
or animal has been sighted nearby. There are no identifiable bite marks
anywhere to give away the culprit.

The bats have left for warmer latitudes and in any case they cannot eat
on the ground.

A mouse couldn't move the whole fruit and wouldn't need a hole that big.

There are no stray gouges from teeth marks that rats so often leave when
they eat something sizeable so if it is a rat it is the neatest one ever
seen who was very focussed on getting to the flesh while chewing the
least amount of skin.

Rabbits would go for all manner of other things in the garden before
oranges and there are no droppings.

I am thinking it is a possum.

Any views?

David





Rat

bait the trap with liquorice and wire to the truck


Egads a big rat! haha


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Loosecanon wrote:
"atec7 7" ""atec77\"@ hotmail.com" wrote in message
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David Hare-Scott wrote:
I have ripe oranges on the tree. Something is stealing and eating them.
Four fruit have been taken off the tree and left a few metres away. Each
has a neat round hole cut in the side about 5cm across, the small bits of
skin were left scattered about. The predator has then neatly eaten all
the flesh of the orange leaving an empty skin with a hole in it. No bird
or animal has been sighted nearby. There are no identifiable bite marks
anywhere to give away the culprit.

The bats have left for warmer latitudes and in any case they cannot eat
on the ground.

A mouse couldn't move the whole fruit and wouldn't need a hole that big.

There are no stray gouges from teeth marks that rats so often leave when
they eat something sizeable so if it is a rat it is the neatest one ever
seen who was very focussed on getting to the flesh while chewing the
least amount of skin.

Rabbits would go for all manner of other things in the garden before
oranges and there are no droppings.

I am thinking it is a possum.

Any views?

David





Rat

bait the trap with liquorice and wire to the truck


Egads a big rat! haha


I saw rats in africa almost a metre long , google it
oh and rrrrrrtrunk
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Anne Chambers wrote:
David Hare-Scott wrote:
I have ripe oranges on the tree. Something is stealing and eating
them. Four fruit have been taken off the tree and left a few metres
away. Each has a neat round hole cut in the side about 5cm across,
the small bits of skin were left scattered about. The predator has
then neatly eaten all the flesh of the orange leaving an empty skin
with a hole in it. No bird or animal has been sighted nearby. There
are no identifiable bite marks anywhere to give away the culprit.

The bats have left for warmer latitudes and in any case they cannot
eat on the ground.

A mouse couldn't move the whole fruit and wouldn't need a hole that
big. There are no stray gouges from teeth marks that rats so often leave
when they eat something sizeable so if it is a rat it is the neatest
one ever seen who was very focussed on getting to the flesh while
chewing the least amount of skin.

Rabbits would go for all manner of other things in the garden before
oranges and there are no droppings.

I am thinking it is a possum.

Any views?

David


Possum - they have got all my grapefruit, the b+++++s got most of the
plums and apples too


The beggars got another 6 last night so I pulled the oranges, tangelos and
mandarins. We will see if they eat cumquats or lemons.

David

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Dan wrote:
"Anne Chambers" wrote in message
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David Hare-Scott wrote:
I have ripe oranges on the tree. Something is stealing and eating
them. Four fruit have been taken off the tree and left a few metres
away. Each has a neat round hole cut in the side about 5cm across,
the small bits of skin were left scattered about. The predator has
then neatly eaten all the flesh of the orange leaving an empty skin
with a hole in it. No bird or animal has been sighted nearby. There
are no identifiable bite marks anywhere to give away the culprit.

The bats have left for warmer latitudes and in any case they cannot
eat on the ground.

A mouse couldn't move the whole fruit and wouldn't need a hole that
big.

There are no stray gouges from teeth marks that rats so often leave
when they eat something sizeable so if it is a rat it is the
neatest one ever seen who was very focussed on getting to the flesh
while chewing the least amount of skin.

Rabbits would go for all manner of other things in the garden before
oranges and there are no droppings.

I am thinking it is a possum.

Any views?

David


Possum - they have got all my grapefruit, the b+++++s got most of the
plums and apples too
--
Anne Chambers
South Australia

anne dot chambers at bigpond dot com


I live in North Queensland. I have possums living in my shed. They run
across the roof at night. They sound like a herd of elephants having
an orgy. I have oranges, lemons, grapefruit, and mandarins. I have
never seen any fruit eaten in such a way. Now cockatoos, flying
foxes, and parrots - they are my enemies.
Cheers,
Dan


There is nothing else fruiting here right now so they cannot be too picky.

David


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"David Hare-Scott" wrote in message
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Anne Chambers wrote:
David Hare-Scott wrote:
I have ripe oranges on the tree. Something is stealing and eating
them. Four fruit have been taken off the tree and left a few metres
away. Each has a neat round hole cut in the side about 5cm across,
the small bits of skin were left scattered about. The predator has
then neatly eaten all the flesh of the orange leaving an empty skin
with a hole in it. No bird or animal has been sighted nearby. There
are no identifiable bite marks anywhere to give away the culprit.

The bats have left for warmer latitudes and in any case they cannot
eat on the ground.

A mouse couldn't move the whole fruit and wouldn't need a hole that
big. There are no stray gouges from teeth marks that rats so often leave
when they eat something sizeable so if it is a rat it is the neatest
one ever seen who was very focussed on getting to the flesh while
chewing the least amount of skin.

Rabbits would go for all manner of other things in the garden before
oranges and there are no droppings.

I am thinking it is a possum.

Any views?

David


Possum - they have got all my grapefruit, the b+++++s got most of the
plums and apples too


The beggars got another 6 last night so I pulled the oranges, tangelos and
mandarins. We will see if they eat cumquats or lemons.

David


I doubt they'll touch those but you never know. Lemons I have seen hollowed
out have been on the ground. I have a friend in the philippines they tell me
they use a banana by removing half the bit you eat and filling it with a one
shot rat poison. Others here have nailed poison wax blocks onto their trees.

Two types of rats in Aus the water or black rat which burrows and the
arboreal (tree) or roof rat. Roof rats are more common where I am they love
cotton palms, date palms and trees they can hide in and they also love roof
spaces which are warm and protected. They will eat snails and flowers as
well.


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Loosecanon wrote:
"David Hare-Scott" wrote in message
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Anne Chambers wrote:
David Hare-Scott wrote:
I have ripe oranges on the tree. Something is stealing and eating
them. Four fruit have been taken off the tree and left a few metres
away. Each has a neat round hole cut in the side about 5cm across,
the small bits of skin were left scattered about. The predator has
then neatly eaten all the flesh of the orange leaving an empty skin
with a hole in it. No bird or animal has been sighted nearby. There
are no identifiable bite marks anywhere to give away the culprit.

The bats have left for warmer latitudes and in any case they cannot
eat on the ground.

A mouse couldn't move the whole fruit and wouldn't need a hole that
big. There are no stray gouges from teeth marks that rats so often leave
when they eat something sizeable so if it is a rat it is the neatest
one ever seen who was very focussed on getting to the flesh while
chewing the least amount of skin.

Rabbits would go for all manner of other things in the garden before
oranges and there are no droppings.

I am thinking it is a possum.

Any views?

David
Possum - they have got all my grapefruit, the b+++++s got most of the
plums and apples too

The beggars got another 6 last night so I pulled the oranges, tangelos and
mandarins. We will see if they eat cumquats or lemons.

David


I doubt they'll touch those but you never know. Lemons I have seen hollowed
out have been on the ground. I have a friend in the philippines they tell me
they use a banana by removing half the bit you eat and filling it with a one
shot rat poison. Others here have nailed poison wax blocks onto their trees.

Two types of rats in Aus the water or black rat which burrows and the
arboreal (tree) or roof rat. Roof rats are more common where I am they love
cotton palms, date palms and trees they can hide in and they also love roof
spaces which are warm and protected. They will eat snails and flowers as
well.


The roof rats also lurrrrve dioxin soaked bread
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Loosecanon wrote:
"David Hare-Scott" wrote in message
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Anne Chambers wrote:
David Hare-Scott wrote:
I have ripe oranges on the tree. Something is stealing and eating
them. Four fruit have been taken off the tree and left a few metres
away. Each has a neat round hole cut in the side about 5cm across,
the small bits of skin were left scattered about. The predator has
then neatly eaten all the flesh of the orange leaving an empty skin
with a hole in it. No bird or animal has been sighted nearby. There
are no identifiable bite marks anywhere to give away the culprit.

The bats have left for warmer latitudes and in any case they cannot
eat on the ground.

A mouse couldn't move the whole fruit and wouldn't need a hole that
big. There are no stray gouges from teeth marks that rats so often
leave
when they eat something sizeable so if it is a rat it is the neatest
one ever seen who was very focussed on getting to the flesh while
chewing the least amount of skin.

Rabbits would go for all manner of other things in the garden before
oranges and there are no droppings.

I am thinking it is a possum.

Any views?

David
Possum - they have got all my grapefruit, the b+++++s got most of the
plums and apples too
The beggars got another 6 last night so I pulled the oranges, tangelos
and mandarins. We will see if they eat cumquats or lemons.

David


I doubt they'll touch those but you never know. Lemons I have seen
hollowed out have been on the ground. I have a friend in the philippines
they tell me they use a banana by removing half the bit you eat and
filling it with a one shot rat poison. Others here have nailed poison wax
blocks onto their trees.

Two types of rats in Aus the water or black rat which burrows and the
arboreal (tree) or roof rat. Roof rats are more common where I am they
love cotton palms, date palms and trees they can hide in and they also
love roof spaces which are warm and protected. They will eat snails and
flowers as well.

The roof rats also lurrrrve dioxin soaked bread


there goes the organic status!!!! hehe


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"atec7 7" ""atec77\"@ hotmail.com" wrote in message
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Loosecanon wrote:
"David Hare-Scott" wrote in message
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Anne Chambers wrote:
David Hare-Scott wrote:
I have ripe oranges on the tree. Something is stealing and eating
them. Four fruit have been taken off the tree and left a few metres
away. Each has a neat round hole cut in the side about 5cm across,
the small bits of skin were left scattered about. The predator has
then neatly eaten all the flesh of the orange leaving an empty skin
with a hole in it. No bird or animal has been sighted nearby. There
are no identifiable bite marks anywhere to give away the culprit.

The bats have left for warmer latitudes and in any case they cannot
eat on the ground.

A mouse couldn't move the whole fruit and wouldn't need a hole that
big. There are no stray gouges from teeth marks that rats so often
leave
when they eat something sizeable so if it is a rat it is the neatest
one ever seen who was very focussed on getting to the flesh while
chewing the least amount of skin.

Rabbits would go for all manner of other things in the garden before
oranges and there are no droppings.

I am thinking it is a possum.

Any views?

David
Possum - they have got all my grapefruit, the b+++++s got most of the
plums and apples too
The beggars got another 6 last night so I pulled the oranges, tangelos
and mandarins. We will see if they eat cumquats or lemons.

David

I doubt they'll touch those but you never know. Lemons I have seen
hollowed out have been on the ground. I have a friend in the philippines
they tell me they use a banana by removing half the bit you eat and
filling it with a one shot rat poison. Others here have nailed poison
wax blocks onto their trees.

Two types of rats in Aus the water or black rat which burrows and the
arboreal (tree) or roof rat. Roof rats are more common where I am they
love cotton palms, date palms and trees they can hide in and they also
love roof spaces which are warm and protected. They will eat snails and
flowers as well.

The roof rats also lurrrrve dioxin soaked bread


there goes the organic status!!!! hehe


Was that the orgasmic status???????






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there goes the organic status!!!! hehe


Was that the orgasmic status???????





Not sure I'd like to see you in your garden anytime soon! :^)


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