Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Betcha didn’t expect to see this

Back during my days of working for the local wildlife hospital I raised this opossum from a tiny orphan. She was an educational animal and I would take her to schools to show kids that they were truly valuable little creatures. The kids would be afraid of her at first but she won over their hearts every time.

She was gentle as a lamb and would let anyone pet her and hold her. I never bathed her, didn’t have to, she was a stickler for keeping herself clean and tidy.

One Christmas a pet supply store here advertised they would make a Santa available to have his picture taken with your pet. So I decided to take my gentle TCO (pronounced “tee-coe”) to visit Santa.

I put her in her carrier, the size you would use for a small dog, and off we went. We had to wait in a short line as other regular pets posed with the old guy. Finally our turn came. I put the carrier on the floor, opened its door and took TCO out. Santa was a lot surprised but a great sport.

As you can see from the photo, TCO was more interested in exploring than she was in having her photo taken. The first time Santa tried to hold her, she became very inquisitive about his hair and almost exposed that indeed, Santa was wearing a wig.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's the most inquisitive possum I've ever seen. What a sweetie, and kudos to you for the rescue and rehab!

December 11, 2007 4:21 AM  
Blogger Larry said...

That's a new one for sure.

December 11, 2007 5:08 AM  
Blogger FranIAm said...

Oh my- that is just too cute. My stepdaughter will love seeing this photo.

The animals have many lessons for us if only we would pay attention.

And clearly one is - watch out for those storefront Santas!

Seriously though- I love that you did this, it shows (not that I ever doubted it) a person of great compassion and care, a person of integrity.

Animals will put up with no other.

Thanks PoP. Between this and the comment you just left on my blog, I can see you are in a different, and good place this week. Which delivers some much needed inspiration to me.

(p.s. but how did Fred the Cat take it when you came home reeking of opossom??? jealous i would imagine!)

December 11, 2007 5:14 AM  
Blogger Distributorcap said...

that is the cutest ---- and thank you for your care and concern for animals.........

it is amazing what TCO and Fred and Murphy do to make our lives so much better.

December 11, 2007 5:22 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

You're full of surprises PoP. Cute little fellow. I don't have much experience with these guys other that they steal a lot of bird feed along with their buddies the raccoons.

December 11, 2007 5:48 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

that is just so wonderful. so sweet!

December 11, 2007 5:55 AM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

That's sweet POP. Here's a wonderful adoption story too.

Animals can be so surprising sometimes.

December 11, 2007 6:43 AM  
Blogger Forty Paws said...

Awwww. She's a cutie! She's bigger than our Opie. I guess he is still a youngster.

December 11, 2007 7:08 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

It's really good to see a opossum being well-treated and cared for.

December 11, 2007 7:37 AM  
Blogger mommanator said...

my grandson wanted to see his teeth and thought it was a hampster

December 11, 2007 8:14 AM  
Blogger Mommi Tutu said...

Wow she is beautiful!

My naughty dog tried to carry an opossum he caught in the yard into my house this fall, which was thankfully playing dead.

They are mysterious and undervalued creatures - thank you for bringing them to light through education.

December 11, 2007 8:32 AM  
Blogger Joe the Troll said...

Very cool. I've never really been close to one, but I've never been afraid of them, either.

December 11, 2007 8:57 AM  
Blogger Targa said...

O Possum, ye faithful
Joyful and nocturnal
O Possum, O possum
in Flo O rida!

etc, etc, etc....

Sorry... couldn't resist. :)

December 11, 2007 8:59 AM  
Blogger Jazz said...

Awwww... How many kinds of cute is she.

December 11, 2007 9:21 AM  
Blogger dguzman said...

Don't mean to be the only one to throw the negative juju out, but ICK! Possums just creep me out, what with the scant hair, the freaky rat tail, and the hissing. OOooggghhhhh....


December 11, 2007 9:37 AM  
Blogger Mary Ellen said...

That is just precious! I love the wildlife educational visits to the schools. If children are raised to understand animals and their habitat's, maybe they would be more respectful as they grow up and become adults.

December 11, 2007 9:39 AM  
Blogger TaraDharma said...

what a shocker! I don't know why, but these animals make me go all squidgy....like some people with snakes or spiders. I can't get over it....I tried to see the cuteness of this photo....but it eludes me!

December 11, 2007 10:55 AM  
Blogger Colonel Colonel said...

Awwwww... he's just a big cutey-pie!

December 11, 2007 12:39 PM  
Blogger Gledwood said...

What on EARTH is that animal? it looks like a badger that's been thru a genetic mutation machine!

December 11, 2007 3:22 PM  
Blogger Batocchio said...


December 11, 2007 3:32 PM  
Blogger Sparky Duck said...

now thats all about saving the world, one opossum at a time

December 11, 2007 3:36 PM  
Blogger WeezieLou said...

what a sweet story, what an ug..........beautiful little animal!

December 11, 2007 3:58 PM  
Anonymous Silleigh said...

#1: Oooh, find! I finally got bright enough to click YOUR NAME upon reading the probably 500th comment from you on C&L that got my attention. You has a blog!

Seriously, I rarely post there, read the comments when I can, and invariably those with your nym attached just leap out.

#2: I'll save my family 'possum story for another time.

December 11, 2007 5:01 PM  
Blogger bluegrrrrl said...

ah!!! this is so adorable!! Stella isn't too fond of possums (she's had a few run-ins in our--or HER--back yard), but even she thinks that this is one cool picture!

It kind of makes me feel guilty about the year that I talked my sister out of taking her 22 pet mice to have their pics taken with Santa...

December 11, 2007 5:02 PM  
Blogger Blueberry said...

Too darned cute!! I love possums. Funny thing is, I did the same thing with Santa's beard once when I was a little kid, got my hands all tangled up in it. That's when I learned the word "fiberglass"

December 12, 2007 8:51 AM  
Blogger TomCat said...

I'm glad you specified it was a pet. Otherwise, I might have viewed it as an over-sized mouse for lunch. ;-)

December 12, 2007 2:34 PM  
Blogger The Culture Ghost said...

How absolutely marvelous! I think possums are wonderful. Many years ago when I was living in a converted garage/studio, I shared the space with two very young possums; their antics were wonderful.

What a gorgeous creature.

December 12, 2007 2:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ooohhh how adorable!

I'm sure that the kids absolutely adored TCO once they got used to her! How nice of you to take her to them!

I love that pict taken with Santa!

Just too cool!

December 13, 2007 6:49 AM  
Blogger Tequila Mockingbird said...

HAHAHAHA A POSSUM. OMFG!!!! when they took the picture did it get scared and pretend to die?

December 14, 2007 1:02 PM  
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