I was standing by the sink, getting a glass of water, when I looked up and there, under the bird feeder, was an opossum!

The opossum. The one living under the barn. The one whose little hand prints I’ve seen in the snow and on the barn wall. My opossum!!

I yelled “Opossum!!” and scrambled for the camera, the cats scrambling in tow.

Meanwhile Possie calmly munched on sunflower shells. Then headed back home in an ambling way, following the path left by my footsteps to and from the feeder,

and sniffing the air.

When s/he disappeared out of view near the house I lost track, I think because s/he was skirting the walls, but when I ran over to the other side of the building there was Possie,

heading to that gap in the barn siding where we always suspected s/he lived.

8 Responses to “opossum!”

  1. Alexa @ Invisible Bees Says:

    What a cutie! So, you’re not going to be repairing that gap in the side anytime soon are you?

  2. Liza Says:

    Love that post! Thanks for making my day.

  3. Kate Says:

    magic beastie!

  4. Katy Says:

    That’s a super cute Possie, very fluffy! Excellent photo realism documentary. I can’t get over that curlicue tail.

  5. Wendy Says:

    Sniffing the air! How cute is that? Was this during the day? It looks so bright in your photos. We saw one heading home (to the hill in our backyard, which is not really a hill, a mound maybe) in the early morning hours once.

  6. Ellen Says:

    Did s/he just wake up from a long winter’s nap?? Maybe those crunchy shells were her/his first taste of spring. I love her. S/he’s the prettiest opossum I ever saw.

  7. jude Says:

    aren’t they just great?, i looked up and one was looking in the glass door last night…

  8. Katy Says:

    This week there was a pretty funny possum plot on Park & Rec, the Amy Poehler show. You can see it at hulu dot com. This sounds like a spammer post, but I just really like that show.

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