"I think there's something in the stove."
"In the stove?"
"Well, in the drawer under the stove. It sounds pretty big. I'm gonna take a look..."
And what to my wondering eye did appear as I eased open the drawer beneath the stove? I saw an inquisitive little pink nose that I immediately identified as belonging to an opossum - an adventurous young opossum exploring the inside of the stove drawer. We have had this stove for about 12 years now and I never use the drawer or the broiler pan that came in it. The drawer is used from time to time by a field mouse or two wandering through, and I did find a lizard trapped in there one time. I did not expect to see a 'possum though. Could be what we've been hearing roaming around under the floorboards lately...
The ever stalwart Treebeard made a grab for it and had it by the tail for a brief second before it slipped over the back of the drawer and disappeared into the nether regions behind the cabinets. If it comes back we'll make another attempt to catch it. If not, c'est la vie, it's just a 'possum.