REALLY just wanna take this chance to remind the people who follow me to not kill/trap opossums if they’re in your yard, and do not call animal control! Seriously.
- Opossums are literally 100% BIOLOGICALLY INCAPABLE of carrying rabies. Their body temperature is too cool to incubate it properly.
- Opossums are actually quite gentle and NOCTURNAL, so if they’re roaming, they’ve probably gotten lost, been injured, and are looking for a place to hide.
- Young opossums tend to try to climb into garbage cans when they’re starving. This is because THEY ARE LITERALLY STARVING. Don’t fucking shoot them or hit them with things because you wanna be some fucking macho top-of-the-food-chain cocksucker.
- Mama possums are amazing mothers and if you encounter an “aggressive” opossum, it’s probably because she’s got babies hanging off her nipple and she’s freaking out. They’re clumsy. Sometimes they don’t hear you coming and you catch each other off guard.
- Wanna lure an opossum off of your property? You can set up a box with some greens and cat kibble in it, hide it well, and lure them out that way. They’re actually quite harmless and keep other predators away. they eat lotsa gross stuff.
- Opossum mamas who get hit by cars often still have their helpless babies attached to them. Possums get a bad rep and people say they are “the dumbest animal”, but they are incredible creatures who have been around since the days of fucking dinosaurs so treat them well, okay?
Okay, this has gotten a bunch of attention in the past couple days and I keep getting notifications and comments so QUICK NOTES FROM AUSTRALIA:
1. The above is not the OP. The OP is me, and those are my pictures. Hi!
2. Yes, I have worked with opossums.
3. I agree with much of what was said above and I love these animals dearly and don’t like hearing hate for them, BUT:
They can carry rabies. It’s unlikely, but possible. They can also be carriers of several other diseases.
They are wild animals! “Gentle” is not the best descriptor for them. They are not usually aggressive, but they certainly can be, and they have LOTS of teeth. Avoid them, treat them with respect, and if you encounter one that needs to be moved, it is perfectly okay to call a professional to trap and relocate them. Depending on where you are, it may be illegal for you to try and move them yourself.
They still need love!
I’m off to work at the Australia Zoo for two weeks! I’m a little nervous, but very excited.
I don’t know what my internet situation will be where I’m staying, so I’ll see you all when I see you!
Due to a health issue and old age, we had to put down our Indian Python, Ceylon today. She came to us full grown 31 years ago so her real age was unknown, but she lived well past expectancy.
As one of the Reptile Managers (yes I’m still counting myself as one even though the First Years have been turned over and are now in charge), it was sad to see such a great snake go. She was quite the wow factor when in a show, and the kids loved to see her during meet and greets. At least now she is feeling no pain or uncomfortableness.
We’ll miss you, scaly lady~
A sad goodbye to one of our best teachers.
but a mother never forgets
you shoot me down, but i won't fall, i am titanium
More than one miracle took place that day.