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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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bestwriter wrote on June 15, 2015, 10:23 PM

Once one gets attached to animals it is difficult to see them in a pot.

VinceSummers wrote on June 15, 2015, 10:36 PM

I once had a baby opossum in my care. So ugly he was cute, he hissed at me. I called him Billy. I took him to a nature refuge area.

FourWalls wrote on June 15, 2015, 11:04 PM

All of my friends who are country music fans name their opossums "George," after George Jones. emoticon :grin:

wolfgirl569 wrote on June 15, 2015, 11:20 PM

I think they are cute but sadly we shoot them on sight. They can carry a deadly disease for the horses is why.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on June 16, 2015, 5:05 AM

I have relatives in Australia and possums getting into the house can make a real mess. Maybe feeding them isnĀ“t such a good idea, though I can understand it.

Kasman wrote on June 16, 2015, 11:58 AM

We don't have anything like this visiting our garden. Occasionally we see the odd urban fox but that's about it - not even interesting birdlife!

KristinRavelle wrote on June 16, 2015, 5:07 PM

Mr. R. in particular is very much an animal activist.

KristinRavelle wrote on June 16, 2015, 5:08 PM

That was really nice; it's difficult to know how to handle wild animals that get stuck on human scraps and living in their area.

KristinRavelle wrote on June 16, 2015, 5:09 PM

That's very funny; I'll give ours the middle name, George. I call him Olly. Olly George.

KristinRavelle wrote on June 16, 2015, 5:10 PM

I didn't know that. You must take care of your horses first.

KristinRavelle wrote on June 16, 2015, 5:12 PM

That would make me crazy. We have very pesky raccoons that lose their fear of man and will try everything in broad daylight. I'm trying to get Mr. R. to feed them out back of the parking.

KristinRavelle wrote on June 16, 2015, 5:14 PM

That would make me crazy. We have very pesky raccoons that lose their fear of man and will try everything in broad daylight. I'm trying to get Mr. R. to feed them out back of the parking.

KristinRavelle wrote on June 16, 2015, 5:15 PM

I've never seen an urban fox, or a wild one for that matter.

Telynor wrote on June 18, 2015, 3:15 PM

Every now and then we spot their corpses on the side of the road. There's quite a few of them in our area.