Fall in Love with a Possum | Nature’s Clean Up Crew

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  1. TJ says:

    Are possums a threat to cats, ducks, or chickens?

    • birdlady612 says:

      Hi. They don’t seem to bother the cats, and I think ducks and chickens are too big for them to bother. They like small food. Their mouths are small.

  2. flychaser says:

    The infrared camera in the Nest Cam and it is amazing to see that in the pitch black of the night.

  3. Wanda Mills Anderson says:

    I have loved possums for quite a long time. Not as a younger child because the brief glimpses I got of one usually was beside the road and they looked scary. I never wanted any harm to come to them, But that was quite a misconception on my part. About 30 years ago, we were living in upstate NY, middle of winter, couple of feet of snow and early dark. My hubby bundled up, put gloves on , and walked down our long driveway to the mailbox at the roadside. Just a couple of minutes later he was ringing the front doorbell. I went and opened the door and he was standing on the porch holding a possum by the back of the neck cradled in his arm like a baby. While he was outside, a possum had sauntered by and he reached down to pick it up, and to his great surprise he picked it up by the nape of the neck without any difficulty so he decided to bring it to the house to let me and our young daughter see it. I was shocked when I first realized what it was and kind of made a face. Hubby reassured me that he had a good hold of him and he wasn’t struggling- just being very still. Hubby was not hurting him in the least, but Possum had his mouth open and made himself look as scary as he could manage. It gave me the opportunity to get a closer look at him and appreciate that he wasn’t scary as I had always thought. He was just grinning his “ possum eating saw briars” grin! Very shortly, hubby took him back to where he had found him and put him down. Hubby said he didn’t get rowdy or squirmy. He “played possum” for a short while before he got up and sauntered off into dark. Its a very fond memory and I think of it often and always slow down and worry about them if I see one beside the road.

    • birdlady612 says:

      What a great story! I’m glad to hear that you are on the possums side… They need us! I just love our possums and it’s been so fun to watch them grow up. I love seeing them come to eat and can’t wait for spring to see if we get some more babies. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you get a chance to read some of my other posts. Thanks for looking out for the Possums

      • Wanda Mills Anderson says:

        I just learned how to sort of use Instagram about a month ago. I have been following you there a week or so. Today is the first time that I have actually searched for your blog and I have read quite a few things and done the bird quizzes. I intend to read everything since your start in February (By the way, my son, my mother and my birthday are in February too all within 3 days of each other. ) your son is really handsome. I am glad to have contact with someone who seems as crazy about birds as I am.

      • birdlady612 says:

        Thanks.. My son’s birthday is also in February..

  4. Pam says:

    The possums are precious! We’ve always liked them! A long time ago we put our big marshmallows for fun at night to see what would happen (wasn’t the healthiest choice I guess). Anyway, it was so cute because the opossum held it with his little pink feet and you could see the bliss on his face as he ate it.

  5. What great information about possums! I never knew they couldn’t get rabies!

  6. Alana Davids says:

    I love all your names of the animals.

  7. Hi, love this! I lived next to a Possum rescue lady for 9 years, so guess who took care of the newest rescue when they went out of town. It was eye opening, and incredible. We are animals lovers, so naturally I loved it when they went out of town.
    We did bottle feed quite of few babies. I learned so much and wish I had a picture to share, but I have to tell you….
    My possum friend, ( beth ), loved to decorate! So, stuffed possums were everywhere. At Christmas, she had a model sleigh in her living room which of course, was being pulled by Christmas possums. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing the story!

    • birdlady612 says:

      Omg.. What a wonderful story. I would love to rescue baby possums but I work all day, I’m also allergic to cats and dogs, so I’m not sure if Possums would be an issue. We have another new Possum that I named Piglet because he literally looks like a little piglet. You can see him in my Instagram. I can see why you want her to go out of town- they are such cuties. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you get a chance to read and enjoy some of my other posts. Karen

  8. Estephania LeBaron says:

    We had our possum come out to eat at 3pm today. Is that normal? We tend to feed a stray cat and leave some food out for it. Some time the possible gets it and we will put out more. Last night no once came and to bowl
    Was still fill. I’m not sure what to make of the possum coming out at night.

    • birdlady612 says:

      Hi. Possums are one of the coolest animals, in my opinion. They do so much good for our yards and neighborhoods. I don’t think it’s abnormal at all, especially this time of year, to see a possum out during the day. It could easily be a momma possum with a pouchful of joeys (babies) looking for food. Possums, as well as raccoons and skunks, will come out during the day when there is less competition for food if they are carrying young. You’re lucky to have this possum call your yard home. Enjoy.

  9. Betsy says:

    Just read about your possums. I have one in my backyard and my roommate has named him/her Will.I.am. We love our sweet possum!!

    • birdlady612 says:

      That’s awesome. I had to stop feeding mine because the food was attracting too many mice. I miss them so much. They are such amazing creatures.

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