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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Guess Who Came To Dinner

 


There are more than 60 different species of opossum, which are often called possums. The most notable is the Virginia opossum or common opossum—the only marsupial (pouched mammal) found in the United States and Canada, and have been around since the dinosaur age, some 70 million years ago.

15 comments:

CecileD said...

So sweet ! :)

donna baker said...

They love a free meal. My husband catches them while I prefer to pick up the cat food at dark. We recently caught a skunk in the cage. Possums have the smallest brain and though they'll growl and have teeth, they are really docile. Some people where I live even eat them though I've heard they are fatty and terrible. Me, I wish I didn't even eat meat. They are so ugly they're cute.

Janneke said...

That opossum looks so very cute. I only know the ones they have in New Zealand which are a real nuissance over there.

Kay said...

I've had 2 of them in my yard in the 22 years I've lived where I am now. The remind me of a giant rat.

rusty duck said...

Cute feet..

karen said...

There are alot of interesting things about them. They get cuter the more you know!

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

I think baby possums are cute. A few times in my childhood there were baby possums that seemed abandoned. They became very tame, and are actually very clean animals that really do not act rat-like at all. The different times I had them, they always thrived on Little Friskies kitten chow. They were released back to the wild after they got rehydrated, fattened up and grew a bit. But there was one that was very smart (for a possum), and very tame. I kept him until the end of the summer. He grew quickly to be a big possum on his cat food and backyard grapes and anything else I thought he would like. He waddled along following me around like a puppy. It was probably wrong to have kept him for so long. We set him free in a large wooded park. I still think of him every time I see a possum.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

They truly have a face that only a Mother can love! ...But this photo is pretty darn cute!

DJan said...

Look at those feet! They are pretty destructive, I hear. And that face! It even looks other worldly. :-)

Betsy Brock said...

That's a tiny one! Looks like it was raining, too!

Stella Jones said...

Oh that possum is so cute Jo. They look cuddly, but Larry says they have very sharp teeth!

Henny Penny said...

I think it's cute as can be. Someone gave me a baby possum when I was about seventeen or eighteen years old. I named him Alvin. When Daddy signed for me to join the Air Force, I gave the little possum to our neighbor. Never knew what happened to him.

L. D. said...

I have a few of these that stop for cat food our on the porch. They love free food just like your free food.

Elizabeth P said...

Now I need to add some photos of this adorable little critter to my new blog! :) I've always loved these guys.

Justin said...

haahaha I always laugh a little when I see these around our house. They're goofy critters.