I'll post a sound clip first to see if you can identify the sound. I realize this is basically impossible, but I thought you might like to consider the possibilities. It might take an entire posse of listeners to figure this out!
[If you're reading this in an e-mail, click on the title of the post to access the sound file.]
Below is a place holder picture, while you think about the sound above. Feel free to replay it a few times, if needed. (Be sure to turn up your speakers, or wear headphones.) The answer will be revealed after the next photo.
Okay, do you have a guess about the sound? Do you possibly need some hints?
The sound involves chewing and slurping...by a mammal that I haven't posted about yet.
The mystery sound is:
An Opossum (Didelphis virginiana) eating a peach!
We had been hearing a sound in the backyard at night. Tonight it was very loud, so we went out to look around and spotted this Opossum under a peach tree. It was just starting to eat a very ripe peach, and seemed very focused on the task. So I got my recorder and documented the sound of the Opossum eating, and then I came back with a camera and took a couple of quick pictures in the dark.
The Opossum has been enjoying some very nice late-night snacks!