07.02.2008 - Although I specialize in wildlife removal, I also like to take photographs of the critters from time to time. I really enjoy the baby wildlife. Kind of like how most people enjoy puppies and kittens. It's hard not to like these cute little guys.
Many people think that the adult opossum is an ugly animal. However, the baby is downright adorable. Just look at those little hands, that pink nose, those little
ears and those big brown eyes! I could just eat this little fellow right up! I also like the blue patches in the ears.
It's generally accepted that all animals have a paternal response to juvenile features. It's a subtle study as to what makes something cute or not, but it's almost universally recognizable. All animals and people seem to be able to recognize cuteness, and have a desire to care for it. After all, these baby animals can't fend for themselves very well, so their strategy is to look cute and get taken care of. Even little opossums.
I have gathered several photos of cute baby animals, categorized by type, in the below three albums. Take a look if you want to see more photos of cute baby wildlife.
Cute Baby Opossums
Cute Baby Raccoons
Cute Baby Squirrels
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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As the warmer weather approaches it is very common to encounter cute little baby wildlife on your property. This is a quite common scenario and needs to be tackled with patience and care. Expect a meeting with cute tiny creatures like baby birds, squirrels, raccoons, foxes, opossums, and skunks. As much as you would like to rescue them, you must know they are not always vulnerable and might be casually having a stroll in your backyard. You must not bother them unless you see some obvious signs.
Obvious Signs That the Animal Needs Help
If you are new to these encounters and don't want to hurt the animal, watch out for these signs in your little guests. If any of the listed signs exist, you should help them: