Facts About Possums ~~ They Are Not Throw Away Animals

Momma and Babies

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Who on earth would write about possums? Why would anyone want to know about them?? The same crazy person who would write about any other animal that you might find repugnant.

A little history

Back in 1993 my daughter went to work for the vet who had an office that was just across the alleyway from our backyard fence. How convenient that was.

She had always been a lover of animals. She would drag in frogs, caterpillars, and beg me to bring home any stray kitty she saw along the road.

When she was six, for Christmas we got a pup for her. A precious little wire-haired terrier.An adorable little creature not yet potty trained. She named him TJ.

At night the pup was kept in the kitchen with a baby gate and the floor covered with newspaper. Well, that was how it was supposed to work.

You Probably Can Guess What Happened

IWhat happened was this:

after her daddy and I had gone to sleep, she would sneak out to the kitchen and get the baby. In the morning the papers in the kitchen would be dry, and the baby pup, TJ, would be gone. It did not take much searching to find him. Up in the bed, by Stef.

And on the floor a few little puddles and a couple of extra little deposits of poop.I think this first pup was the real beginning to her love affair with animals. We never could figure out how she could stay awake till we were asleep...I suppose it was the excitement of knowing the soft, warm little critter would soon be by her side.

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Are possums of any value???

In this article, I share my daughter's and my experience with having a halfway house for possums. The only reason we ever had possums at our house was because their Momma's had been killed and they would have died had we not rescued them.

Some say that if you go strictly by the laws of nature, it is survival of the fittest and they should have been allowed to die. Of course that is something that each of us will need to sort out for ourselves. We were called to help and we did. It cannot be undone. And, truthfully, if the circumstances were ever presented to me again, I would do it again.

However, they are wild animals and should not be kept as pets.



Getting to Know Them...

Most possums do not grow to adulthood. But if you wonder why you should care whether they do or not, possums really do play an important role in helping our environment. They are part of the earth's clean up committee. They eat all types of insects including cockroaches,.

They catch and eat rats and mice. Dead animals of all types are on their daily buffet usually from which they partake at night. Other foods they enjoy are ripe fruits and berries. Snails and slugs are like escargot to a possum. As you can see they are busy cleaning up for us, most of the time at night while we are sleeping. it appears they actually are a lot of good for our planet.

However, they are wild animals and should not be kept as pets.

Live life like a possum...when you just cannot handle what is going on in your life any more, roll over and play dead for a while. "I'm invisible, you can't see me. I am no longer here." It allows you to free yourself of your burden and move on...

A dream job

When she was offered the job at the vet's office, she was over the moon with excitement. A smorgasbord of animals that she could whisper to throughout each and every day. They had a dialog each day...no one knew what they were saying to each other but the conversations existed.

The animals and she, they had an understanding. They understand that they would cooperate with her and she understood they were much smarter than many humans thought. She understood that they gave of themselves totally, no questions asked.

She had an extraordinary ability to tune in to their body language, the sparkle in the their eyes, the swish and thump of a tail. The door was open and they walked in it together.

Everyone was astounded at how willful dogs and cats would obediently go with her when she went to the lobby to escort them back to an examining room. It was the special kind of magic they shared.

And that is how we became keepers of the possums.

Baby possums arrive

  • One Saturday evening, the vet called my daughter. He asked if she would take care of some baby possums. Their Momma had been killed and someone retrieved the babies from her pouch.

Of course, she said she would. The babies were very small and would still be suckling if Momma was still alive. There were six of them and they were hungry. So feeding them became a round the clock affair that required both of us.

They had to eat every two hours so we got little sleep for the first few weeks we had them. We used eye droppers for the feedings which worked quite well.

We had a spare bedroom in our home so we converted it into the nursery. We bought crates and lined them with towels and put a few of the joeys in each one. When it was time for a feeding, we would bring the crates out to the living room. We each would take one out and feed it.

As they grew, they started to play possum. When we would look in the crate, if they were awake, they would fall over on their side, like they were dead. It was as if they were saying, "You can't see me. I am not here."

It was such a fun sight to behold. They did it every time.

Eventually they became less wary of us. They began to let us pick them up when they were awake and it was not feeding time. They liked to be petted much like a kitty does.

Soon they were big enough to take care of themselves and were ready to be released into the wild. We took them to a remote forested area away from traffic and released them. I can still remember that evening. Tears rolled down our cheeks as we watched them wander one by one off into the woods. We wondered if they would find food and if they would be okay.

It was sad but we knew that their place was in the wide open spaces.

This possum is enjoying the heck of this strawberry.

More possums came to our house..

It was not long before we got another call. Someone in Edgewater, a nearby town, called.They had a Momma possum in their truck and they were terrified of it.

Stef went to rescue the Momma. She laughed when she returned home. Two guys had hit a possum with their truck and decided to stop to see how bad its injuries were. This was unusual as most who hit them never look back.

They threw an old blanket over her that they had with them and lifted her into the back of the truck. Then they called Stef. They knew here from high school and knew she was rescuing critters.

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When Stef lifted her up to put her in our car, the young boys were yelling at her telling her that she was going to be attacked. But, as you already know, she is the original animal whisperer so the Momma possum understood all was well.

As she was lifting the little Momma up to put her in the box she had brought along to carry her home in, she found her left side was covered in blood and she seemed very weak. When she got her home, she found two joeys in her pouch and removed them.

Momma died in the night before we could even get any help from the vet. That, of course, meant that our new babies needed to be hand fed.

We found we did not need to feed them as often as we had the first group.. With these two it was about every four to five hours which made it possible to get a little more sleep.

A Marsupial Adored by Many

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Marsupial mammal

An opossum is a marsupial mammal.That is a rather heavy title to hang on any critter.They are often joked about as road kill. And, it is true many of them can be seen along the side of the road and in the road as we travel to whatever destination we have in mind.

The characteristics of these animals are:

  • warm-blooded
  • have fur, skin, or hair
  • have live birth
  • suckle their young
  • most, but not all, have a pouch in which their young continue to develop after birth

The possum has the luxury of having a prehensile tail. While cartoons often picture them as hanging by this tail, it is a legend, a bit of folklore. Due to the weight of the possum, it is not possible. You may spy a very young possum hanging that way but it would only last for a very short period of time.

However the tail is still an extra tool. It helps the possum to steady itself as it moves along a surface. Additionally the possum can use the tail to grasp and object and to carry things. Quite a helpful little appendage it is for these critters.

Possums can be a bit pesky


Possums are not particularly cute at first glance and many find them to be pests. They have been found in trash cans out behind homes, in a garage stowed away warily, and waddling across the backyard on their way to some important destination. Admittedly having an unexpected critter show up in your trash can and making a mess on top it would not be a warm introduction to these animals. Nor would it be fun to walk into your unlit garage and find a guest such as this making a home in and among your boxes and tools

Those things aside, they can be quite lovely.They are not picky eaters so they will eat most everything you offer. They will also go to the food dishes you have set down for your kitties and will begin to eat right along with them.

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.

— Anatole France

Possums stole our hearts away...

We had no idea at the time but those two possums would become our pets for several months. They grew stronger each day and soon were eating on their own. Gradually we transitioned them to eating with the kitties which they seemed to enjoy.

One of the two possums was solely mine. I named him Nubbins because he was just a little nub of a critter when he stole my heart. He loved me so and I returned that love. From the time he awoke in the morning till he went to bed at night, wherever I was, he was.

He rode around on my shoulder most of the time. I had long hair at the time so he would snuggle up under my hair at the nape of my neck and travel with me throughout the house. It was a glorious time---sharing my life with this animal that I had never even given a second glance at before we started rescuing them. It was such a learning curve. To be welcomed into their world...and to have them share ours was an awe inspiring time for both my daughter and me.

The second possum was pretty much on his own during the day as Stef was working then. Sometimes if it was not a busy day, she would come home and take him to the office with her.

They, like the possums before them, had to be released back into the wild.

Preparing to release

We knew that Nubby and all possums would need to be released into the wild. That had been our goal for them from the day they first came to our house.

Fortunately we had a huge back yard that had much dense undergrowth and many of the palmetto bushes and palm trees that they would soon find in their new home. There were also a few dogwood trees which are not so perfect for possums but for any who wanted to climb they were available. It was the best we had to offer. For the last two to three weeks that we had them before they were released, we transitioned them to the outdoors.

We took them out in small groups for about an hour at a time to begin with so they could become acclimated to what would be very much like their new habitat. They were very timid at first as they discovered what the grass felt like. Gradually they began to explore. This went on daily.

So, as sad as it was, on the day of their release, they excitedly headed off into the area where they were released. It was very similar to what our backyard had been like so it would seem they felt right at home.

Releasing Nubby

Releasing Nubby was one of the most painful experiences I ever had involving animals. He had become a part of our family. It was summer so I was not working and I spent most of the day with my animals.

We had eight cats in addition to being a half way house for wayward animals. Thankfully we had a huge home at that time with a back porch that ran the entire length of the back side of our home. It was a perfect home to live in and have a large number of animals.

I was so glad that we had our kitties because there were two of them that were 'my' kitties and they helped me to recover from having to release Nubby. It was hard. I won't pretend it was not. I cried oceans but I knew that it was best. He belonged in the wild. We took him and the other little guy to the same spot where we had released the first group of possums.

I told my daughter I really did not want any more of them. It was too hard.

Never in a million years would I have thought that a wild animal could become that much a part of my life. But, the reality of it is, he did. And, even today he has a specail place in my heart.

One more possum comes to visit..

Life settled in again after Nubby was gone. And, no new possums came to our house. Until one evening that is.

Late one Saturday, Stef called me to ask if she could bring home an injured possum. This was a male who was full grown. He had an abscess on his tail. Someone had brought him in to the vet's office. He had been found huddled in the corner of that person's garage. Because he was a kind soul, he decided to bring the possum in to the vet to see if he would know what to do with him.

When the vet examined him, he found the abscess. He told Stef he would need to operate on him but could not do it till Monday. He asked if she would take him home for the weekend. And, of course, she agreed to take him.

It was interesting how quickly he adjusted. Interesting too was how quickly the kitties adjusted to him. The most amazing part was that he learned to use the litter box within a few hours. We had put paper down and tried to encourage him to go there. And we went off to do whatever. We came back and saw him coming out of one of the five litter boxes we had. We had the hooded litter boxes so maybe he liked the privacy. He must have watched the kitties go in and out and said, "Ok, I can do that." And, he did.

He sidled up to the breakfast bar with the kitties too. We had many dishes of food out to feed the masses. He decided that their food looked good to him. When they moseyed up to eat, so did he. It was too cute.

The weekend went quickly and it was time for his surgery. Stef took him over and the vet performed the surgery. Of course, afterwards, the possum would need aftercare, right? So, back home he came. He was not our spunky, little boy. He was able to walk but had the swagger of someone who was intoxicated. It was pitiful while being a bit amusing.

After poking around for a bit, he curled up on a small rug where he slept for the rest of the day and all through the night.

Lots of people talk to animals. Not many listen. That's the problem.

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LB

We found out that he would be staying with us longer than we first thought. It was time for a name. Naming him did not take much pondering. Stef said, "I dub thee, Little Boy." This name suited him well and soon was shortened to LB.

LB recovered quickly and did not seem to know he had no tail any longer. We knew that we could not release him with no tail. We just felt it would be the wrong thing to do. So, he became a member of our family. He lived with us for about eighteen months. We went out one morning to greet all of our critters and found him laying on his side. Stef went over and moved him a little and knew he was not playing 'possum.' He had died some time in the night. We are not sure why but we were deeply saddened by his passing. He had become a part of our life like Nubby had and now he was gone. It was another sad passing which is after all a part of this intricate dance we do with the ebb and flow of life.

He had shared his life with us and was leaving us with most beautiful memories of his antics. When I asked Stef the other day why she had loved LB so much and she looked at me and smiled and asked: "Why did you love Nubby so much?"

And, added....

" I loved that he would climb up on the couch and sleep with me. I loved that he would eat dinner with the cats. Most of all, I loved his clicking sound he made as he walked through the house trying to find me."

It was a wondrous experience getting to know these creatures that we see so often find along the road, left there as if they are throw away animals.

Trust me, my friends, they are not. I do not recommend having them as pets as they are wild and they belong in the wild. We only have the good fortune to get to know them because of unfortunate circumstances for them.

It was an experience that both my daughter and I will both always treasure.

Nocturnal by nature

Possums were not in North America until the Europeans settled this part of the world. Prior to that they were found in Central America. They were brought into this country as pets. Then they accidentally got out or were released. They have learned to adapt to urban life as well as rural living.

They are nocturnal spending most of their time in their dens. Although they can be seen throughout the day if they are searching for food. They generally look for food near their den but will travel as far as two miles from it to find food.

They are often pursued by other critters as a source of food. As a result, they will often move dens so as to throw off the predator. A tracking device was placed on a male possum. He was tracked as moving to 19 different dens in five months.

Brush Tail Possum

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Have you had a wild animal as a pet?

  • Never, not me.
  • Yes, for a short time, and like you I released it.
  • Yes, and it is an exotic wild animal and I still have it.
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Many species of possums

According to answers.com about sixty species of possums can be found in New Guinea, Indonesia, and Australia. The list they included at their site is provided below::

  • Ringtail Possum (16 species)
  • Common Brushtail possum
  • Northern Brushtail possum
  • Mountain Brushtail possum
  • Coppery Brushtail possum
  • Short-eared possum
  • Cuscus (22 species)
  • Scaly-tailed possum
  • Mountain Pygmy possum
  • Long-tailed Pygmy possum
  • Southwestern Pygmy possum
  • Tasmanian Pygmy possum
  • Eastern Pygmy possum
  • Honey possum
  • Leadbeater's possum
  • Striped possum
  • Feather-tailed possum
  • Great-tailed triok
  • Long-fingered triok
  • Tate's triok
  • mahogany glider
  • feathertail glider
  • sugar glider
  • lesser glider (also known as the yellow bellied glider)
  • greater glider
  • squirrel glider
  • Biak glider
  • northern glider

Lessons learned

We learned from our possum friends and from other critters we have been blessed to have in our lives:

  • love without condiiton
  • be willing to give and to receive
  • accept more, judge less
  • play possum sometimes...
  • listen and be still...you might have a bit of the animal wihsperer in you

© 2013 Patricia Scott

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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Somewhere we have a video of LB the possum who had his tail removed. He thought he was a cat!!!

I seldom see them now except run over...and it breaks my heart.

I loved your story about your possum encounters.

Angels are on the way to you ps


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Au fait 20 months ago from North Texas

I love possums! Several years ago when I lived in a house the backyard was a sanctuary of sorts for all the wild critters in the neighborhood. Lots of food was put out for them all and they came. It sounded like an aviery with birds of every description singing and discussing a variety of topics all day and into the night. There were racoons, squirrels, and possums, and they were all so fun to watch.

In the spring there would be the baby possums, little fluff balls running around our patio. As you say, they love cockroaches. We had tree roaches and as you know everything in Texas is bigger. Tree roaches, common down here, sound like Hueys when they fly. The ones I've observed and dealt with were 2.5-3.5 inches long , about 3/4 inch wide and have claws all the way up to their knees. They're about the size of my Saturn when in full defense mode, standing tall, claws flexed. They can run faster than a cheetah from a dead still start.

Possums loved them, chewy on the outside, creamy on the inside . . . ;) Possums get rid of small mice and other undesirables as well.

Miss my critters. They were so fun to watch and our family learned so much about them and from them. I hope someone is still taking care of them. Your article makes me think of them and I've enjoyed reading it.


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

How cool is that Ladyguitarpicker. I got in to the whole adopting animal habit because of OUR daughter. She champions critters even today. Angels are on the way to you today ps


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ladyguitarpicker 22 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

I loved your hub. I think we have the same daughter. I have never had to keep possums but when I was a kid I had a carrier pigeon and it stayed about 8 weeks with me and ate with the cats and road on the dogs back. They were all homeless.


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Peri I think they are precious especially after caring for them. I recently spoke with someone who killed one because it was in his garage. He could have shooed it out with a broom but that is not what happened.

It still causes me to feel sad when I see one run over on the highway.

Thanks for stopping by...Angels are on the way to you ps


Peri 2 years ago

I absolutely adore possums & the more its brought to peoples attention they are beautiful living creatures to share the world with the better.

Tragically in Tasmanian, Australia the are legally killed for their fur. I can't believe that in this day and age that such a mindset exists . Shame shame shame on them.

I hope that in my lifetime that people realise that it is wrong to kill animals. They cannot even speak to beg for their lives. Too cruel & too cowardly.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Joy

How cool that you are familiar with these critters.

We had the baby babies and we fed them initially with an eyedropper. They were so tiny and fragile but soon grew and became real little possums. We always cried when we released them back into the wild..Silly I know.

thanks for visiting again.

More Angels are on the way ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Joy

How cool that you are familiar with these critters.

We had the baby babies and we fed them initially with an eyedropper. They were so tiny and fragile but soon grew and became real little possums. We always cried when we released them back into the wild..Silly I know.

thanks for visiting again.

More Angels are on the way ps


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JoyLevine 3 years ago

Another wonderful article. This one hits close to home. I have always loved animals of all kinds and it looks like you have had experiences with opossums the way I have had with skunks. I learned a lot ab out opossums when I took care of a couple at the Science Center where I worked. We had them for an exhibit on Swamp Creatures. They are certainly interesting animals. They are basically nature's garbage disposal.

Another neat fact about opossums is that they are one of the few predators of venomous snakes. They seem to be immune to pit viper venom.

I just recently wrote an article about misunderstood animals and that was one I included. At a wildlife rehab workshop I attended, they said that if the opossums were tiny enough when you find them, (still attached to the mom's teat), you actually have to tube feed them.

Thanks for a wonderful article.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Longtimemother

I am sure those little guys and gals thank you for those apples.

Our LB (Little Boy) possum used to eat cat food right along the kitties out of their food dishes.:)Thanks for visiting I wish I could visit Australia. It is one place in the world I have always always wanted to visit.

Have a lovely evening...Sending Angels your way :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Longtimemother

I am sure those little guys and gals thank you for those apples.

Our LB (Little Boy) possum used to eat cat food right along the kitties out of their food dishes.:)Thanks for visiting I wish I could visit Australia. It is one place in the world I have always always wanted to visit.

Have a lovely evening...Sending Angels your way :) ps


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LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

Great hub! We've had lots of different types of possums in our trees over the years, but I've never had one in the house. They are certainly cute to spot in the night. Most native possums in australia eat leaves and fruit etc. I've only ever heard of the brushtail possums eating insects and occasionally meat. My local ringtail possums seem to concentrate on raiding my fruit trees.

At the moment, while waiting for the rest of my apples to ripen, I drop a handful of apples near the possum tree each night. I don't want them making their way into the orchard. lol.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi AccumulateAmerica...

That will be fine. The more who know about these critters that are often just road kill the better. Our adventures with them were amazing. It really changed my perspective on them.

thanks for visitng :) ps


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AccumulateAmerica 3 years ago from Catawba, NC

What a wonderful article, and exactly what I am looking to link to with my WHEP series. I will certainly link to this article when we get to Marsupials. Great job.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi moonlake

I admit I was a reluctant participant in this whole adventure but as time progressed I was hooked. I found that they were precious animals who have their place here on the planet along with the rest of us.

Thanks for stopping by

Sending Angels your way :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

thank you, rebeccamealey,

for stopping by. O, adventures with skunks are not fun. I have had a few experiences with skunks..I wrote about one in 'High School is Hard."

Raising the possums was an experience of a lifetime.

Sending you Angels this morning :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning ..Victoria Lynn

That is a good question. First, only two of them were tamed and only one of the two was really 'tamed.' LB was the third but he could never be released.

I did not tell everything in the hub as I often save parts for later when I go back and update the hub. I will go ahead and update it now so if you wish you can go back and read the update. So the answer to your question is yes, they were fine being released. But as I said in the article, they are wild animals and should not be pets.

Sending Angels to you this morning. :) ps


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

This is a great tribute to all those wild critters. Ugly or stinky. We took a walk through the fields and meadow here last Saturday on a warm day with the dogs and they got sprayed by a skunk! It was awful. I'll bet they won't do that again. They got like three baths in a row.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I am amazed that anyone would take in a possum! How impressive! They have always creeped me out. Every now and then, I have to chase one away with a broom when they squeeze through my chain link fence around the dog and cat run. They get in to eat cat food. They make a horrible hissing sound. I've never seen one as cute as in your video. The ones here aren't as hairy, have longer noses, and a much uglier tail. They are hideous to me, which makes your stories even that much more impressive! How wonderful you and your family have been.

Regarding your releasing them to the wild, would they not do okay staying with you since you have tamed them?

Voted up and everything else! Enjoyable hub!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

We don't have possums here but I think they are cute. Loved reading your hub so interesting. You have a kindhearted family. Voted up and shared.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi TheKatsMeow

I am so glad you had a chance to stop by. Sharing the time with these adorable creatures gave us an insight into their world we had not had before. It was a lovely experience even though we were often sleep deprived.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sending Angels your way :) ps


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TheKatsMeow 3 years ago from Canada

I think that possums are adorable! As someone who doesn't live near possums, I have always been curious to know what they are like. Thanks for making an informative Hub and sharing your story with us :)


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good evening prasetio...

Your students hopefully will think that possums are interesting. Do you not have them where you live?

I am a bit sad as they are not near where I live now. The town I live in is small and has encroached on their habitat so the only ones I see are the ones who have been hit by cars.

It was such a lovely experience to share time with these little creatures. Thank you for the votes and for stopping by.

Sending Angels to you again :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good evening prasetio...

Your students hopefully will think that possums are interesting. Do you not have them where you live?

I am a bit sad as they are not near where I live now. The town I live in is small and has encroached on their habitat so the only ones I see are the ones who have been hit by cars.

It was such a lovely experience to share time with these little creatures. Thank you for the votes and for stopping by.

Sending Angels to you again :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good evening prasetio...

Your students hopefully will think that possums are interesting. Do you not have them where you live?

I am a bit sad as they are not near where I live now. The town I live in is small and has encroached on their habitat so the only ones I see are the ones who have been hit by cars.

It was such a lovely experience to share time with these little creatures. Thank you for the votes and for stopping by.

Sending Angels to you again :) ps


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very informative hub. I learn something new here about the animal kingdom. Actually, I have never seen this animal before. I'll show this hub to my student. I also enjoy the picture and the video as well. Thanks for share with us. Voted up (useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting). Have a good day and God bless you!

Prasetio


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Eddy....

This was such a grand experience. I am saddened every time I see one that has been repeatedly hit . We have gotten too close to their homes...

Just am blessed that we got to get to know them.

Sending Angels your way :) ps


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

What a wonderful share which I vote up,across and share all around.

Eddy.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi drbj

You see the little guy in the first picture...he looks so much like Nubby. It was a wonderful wonderful experience . Never in a million years had I ever thought I would ever have a possum as a pet. But it happened and it was a journey I am so glad I was able to take.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sending Angels to you and yours ps


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Those little baby possums stole your heart, Patricia, so I can understand how difficult it must have been to release them when they were grown. But you and your daughter did do the right thing. Learned a lot of possum lore here today. Thank you.

BTW, some states have 'Crazy Laws' on their books making it legal to eat 'road kill.'


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Rajan jolly ...you are so sweet. Thank you for the kind words. The more you get to know them the cuter they are.

This was such a lovely adventure...the time we spent with them left special memories with us.

Sending Angels to you :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Rajan jolly ...you are so sweet. Thank you for the kind words. The more you get to know them the cuter they are.

This was such a lovely adventure...the time we spent with them left special memories with us.

Sending Angels to you :) ps


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Loved these wonderful little stories. They might not be beautiful creatures but sure are cute. Thanks for sharing some of your wonderful moments.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi, MH...you know, it just had to be a gang that would chase the possum away...Raccoons are very possessive of their territory to...they do not make nice with others very well.

Glad to see you stopped by...

Sending you more Angels....ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Sheila....Being Momma and G;ma to the possums was really an experience of a lifetime. If anyone had asked me even the day before if we would ever do such a thing, I am sure I would have laughed them off the planet. But, we did and I would not have missed it for anything.

That was the beginning for me of being much more of a lover of animals. Before that I have pretty much loved them from afar except for the kitties we had.

Thanks for stopping by...Sending Angels to you on this 15th day of our new year. ps


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for an enjoyable hub. The possum who visited my yard was chased away by a gang of raccoons who have taken over the streets.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

What a heart warming story! You daughter sounds like a remarkable person and I think I know where she gets it! Living out in the country, we have possums visit our trash cans quite often. We just tips the can over and they will eventually come out and go back into the woods. No animal is a "throw away" animal. They are all special and have their own place in nature. It is very good of you to return these little creatures back into the wild, I know that was hard to do. I really enjoyed this hub! Up and awesome! :)


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

thanks, first, for your kind words, Peggy. We were just so blessed to have this opportunity to commune with these animals that turned out to be so special.

Our town was very small so there were few places close by where animals could be taken...most of the ones close by were folks like us who were nutty enough to say, yes, we'll take 'em." And glad we are that we did.

Sending Angles to you and yours...:) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Aaaaawww...sorry your little visitor was hit. That happens all too often as we crowd out the living space of our critters. So being like my daughter you understand how we came to be a halfway house for many animals. It so enhanced our lives.

thank you for stopping by this evening. Sending Angels to you on the 14th day of our new year. :) ps


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Fortunately we have a Wildlife Rescue Organization in Houston and that is where we have taken injured wildlife that we have found. They have many volunteers and vets who know just what to do with each of them. Most, if they are able, are released back into the wild. This is a heartwarming story. Up, useful and beautiful votes. Your daughter is obviously a kind hearted soul as is her mother. :)


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Alastar Packer 3 years ago from North Carolina

How I enjoyed reading this piece- I was a lot like your daughter with the animals growing up. Speaking of growing up, that's just what happened with possums, they had a habit of getting in your life one way or another. They're certainly mis-understood creatures and not as stupid as some think. Had a big fellow that would come out a patch of woods and ramble up the front steps searching every nook and cranny, grew rather fond of the fellow leaving his prints, that is until he got hit one morning on the road right in front of the house.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

thank you, Bill, for stopping today.

I loved my little Nubby and LB was a close second. What a real life adventure that was. We had made a video of him but it got lost in our travels.

I do not know if you come back and read comments that the commentee (is that a word? ) receives but can you send some Angels and prayers to my daughter. I edited my profile to explain. She is very sick right now. And thanks either way.

Sending Angels to you :) And I am blessed too to be in your circle of friends....hugs back ps


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well that was fascinating! I would have never guessed. I love the affection you show to all of God's creatures; to love a possum is a declaration of love for sure. :) Well done PS! Just one more reason for me to be proud of being your friend.

Hugs coming your way

bill


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ZipperConstantine 3 years ago from United States

What a lovely story. I always thought possums were cute little creatures. Thank you for sharing your story and bringing to attention that all animals are precious and we need to look out for them especially on our roads. We have taken over their world, making it smaller and smaller. We owe them the respect and care they need to survive.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you shiningirisheyes it was such a journey


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shiningirisheyes 3 years ago from Upstate, New York

I have to say, I never thought I would be warmly affected by a possum. What loving story. Your daughter and you have such a giving and caring nature. I am truly impressed at the choice of releasing these little buddies back into the wild. Making a sacrifice of the heart such as the one regarding Nubby is truly a great example of your giving nature.

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