The other night I had my kitchen door open while I was doing the dishes and getting the kids bathed and homework done. I look out my door just as a large rodent came running from my yard (I have 8 acres) onto my covered porch and into my door right at me. I instinctively kicked it and caught it square in the face. It went flying backwards and hit an ice chest on the porch. It went down to the concrete and commenced to flopping around. I called my daughter outside to look at this strange creature which I thought initially was a rat. As far as I can tell by comparing photographs on the internet, it is a pocket gopher. Has anyone ever been charged by a gopher before? It is getting cold in Oklahoma but it was a relatively mild night with temps in the low 60's. My daughter was pretty mad at me for killing it but I told her it was self defense and happened so fast I didn't have time to think of a humane way of getting it outside. I took some pictures of it and left it on an flatbed trailer. The next day it was gone. Either it was a zombie gopher or a hawk swooped down and got it. Here is a picture. If anyone thinks it is something other than a pocket gopher, please let me know. It kinda looks like the Rodents of Unusual Size from the movie Princess Bride, but smaller.