There is something about the sight of a Possum that usually makes me sad. Mostly because it’s almost always dead on the side of the road. But also because a little part of me is secretly relieved that what is died isn’t someone’s cat or dog. The relief is wrong — but it’s always there.
The few times I’ve seen live possums at night, when the sudden flash of headlights brings a long snout, whitish body, gleaming reddish eyes, and long rat like tail to life are usually fleeting. My lone encounter with a startled possum who barred teeth and hissed was memorable and not something I wish to soon repeat, thank you.
So color me surprised when I started watching this video and found myself grinning from ear-to-ear (click on picture below to watch Youtube video).
Who knew they could look so endearingly cute with their miniature human like fingers (with sharp nails) — and thumbs, and those adorably awkward looking ears that look like they belong on a bat.
Learning that Possums can savor a strawberry was heartwarming, but googling that they kill snakes made me appreciate their neighborly presence and cheer on their nocturnal hunts.
Unfortunately, the next time I see a possum it will probably still be dead. But I will now mourn each loss with humble sadness and a little smile in remembrance of this video…