I challenge anyone to think that this baby isn't a cutie pie.
The cuteness doesn't carry into adulthood in my opinion, but that's okay. Opossums don't really care what I think.
This wee one was rescued off a busy road last night.
The girl that found him sounds just like me at her age--"I'd have a whole house full of animals if my husband would let me. I'd have kept this little guy, too, but I'm a teacher and wouldn't have time to care for him. Please send me pictures as he grows. Don't you think he's adorable? Please tell me he'll live!........"
She was so concerned for his well-being that she drove 40 miles to bring him to me.
She also stopped traffic to rescue him.
So like me.
Let's get one thing straight---I am not a fan of opossums.
This wee one will be well cared for and cooed at when I feed him.
He will be congratulated when he finishes all his formula.
He will also be released when it is time, somewhere far, far away.
Opossums will eat just about anything, including chickens.
The awful part is, they'll usually just eat the head.
They also carry a protozoa that causes Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM)---something that will disable or kill horses.
It's an ugly, ugly disease. Expensive to treat and most often unsuccessful.
I have three neighbors that have 9 horses between them.
I would not be a good neighbor if I released this little guy on my place.
Aside from chicken eating and EPM, opossums are an important part of the food chain. One of their favorite things to eat is carrion (roadkill). The dispose of all the ickiness in the world.
They are also outstanding mothers.
Gotta love a good mother, no matter how scary she looks.
Fifty, razor sharp teeth and no hair on your tail would make anyone look scary.
If you'd like to know more tidbits about opossums, click HERE.