Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Corralitas Drive: Baby Opossum Trying To Look Bigger

Photo: Diane Edwardson, April 23, 2013, 11:04 PM.  My dog startled a 5" long baby opossum in the backyard.  Check out the prehensile tail and gigantic ears.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)  

Luckily, my dog was on-leash because of the many nocturnal creatures that come through the yard.  He hates opossums as much as our cat hates opossums. (The cat once raced out the door & took down a full grown opossum for no discernible reason.)

The baby hissed, barred its teeth, did a handstand trying to look larger, bracing its hind legs on the steep slope behind it.  By the time I came back out without my dog, with a real camera, the opossum was long gone. 

Compare this little guy with the huge opossum we saw last week.