Meet Our Opossum !
As previously mentioned, Mr. R. likes to feed everything that comes to visit us from the back lane way, even this strange looking critter!
We couldn't believe it when we discovered a year ago two, small, all white opossums that had taken up residence somewhere in the area. Naturally, they love to eat dry cat kibble (preferred diet of opossums!).
This is one of the strangest animals I've seen, and we were surprised to find some living this far north. Apparently we are at the northern most edge for opossums. Well, one of the pair seems to have disappeared but once in a while, I catch sight of this one. They are very shy, and very slow moving actually.
The feet are unusual and are pinkish, almost like human digits. They also have a long tail, something like a rat's, but much bigger. These are marsupials, which we usually associate with Australia.
I can't help but think of the Beverly Hillbillies and granny's possum stew when I see this animal, but it is impossible to think of cooking this fellow for dinner!
Sorry about my lousy pink eye editing job :)
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