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Cute Baby Opossum in House

cute opossum

04.27.2003 - I went out at midnight to remove this little opossum from the bathroom of a home. I've already removed several small opossums from this house. The problem is that a female opossum has moved into the attic, and she has young with her. The little ones run all around as they explore their environment. Some of them find holes leading down walls, and down they climb! This house has several openings that lead into the house - basically, architectural gaps. Most homes have a few. The baby opossoms have been finding these areas and thus getting into the house. The lady who lives in the home is deathly afraid of opossums, so she's been calling me every day or so, at all hours, to come and remove the little critters. I've found them under the couch, in the kitchen cabinets, and in this case, the bathroom. The truth is that this little animal poses no threat to people. It's too small and docile. Still, the customer wants them out, so I'll take care of it.

This particular specimen taught me just how capable these little critters are.  After I removed this guy, I simply put him in the back of my truck, because I didn't have a holding container, and I went back to the house to search for others.  When I returned to my truck, I couldn't find it anywhere.  I was baffled.  I searched and searched, and couldn't find it, until I looked in the very last place, the bottom of one of the buckets of tools in the truck.  I was surprised to find it hidden there.  I was even more surprised when it jumped out of the bucket, scampered through the truck bed, and did a flying leap out of the back of the truck and ran off.  I didn't know that they were so quick!  I chased after it and caught it, just barely.

I need to catch the mother opossum to solve the problem, and even then, I might encounter more baby possums that have stayed behind in the attic.  Although the adults are often ugly, I thought that this was a cute baby opossum.

The opossum, (Didelphis virginiana) is a nocturnal animal that lives in North America. It is a marsupial, which means that the females give birth to tiny young, who grow in a pouch. These young eventually cling to the mother's back and drop off when they are large enough. Opossums are unique for many reasons. They have opposable thumbs, prehensile tails, 50 teeth, and several other unusual features. They are omnivores who eat almost anything, they have excellent immune systems, and they rarely live more than 2-3 years in the wild. They are most commonly considered a nuisance species when they live in an attic or other structure, such as under a shed, or steal pet food or threaten animals.

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