posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 08:26 AM
Hey folks, as I said in another thread - I keep, breed and study virginia opossums. Have done for many many years, and that is exactly what this
little guy is.
Pause at 39 seconds and look at the head.
Now look at these photos:
Same shape of head, same position of little black ear. Same position of eyes.
And now look at this photo of a possum playing dead. Have you ever seen a possum in distress? They do this funny thing where they peal their lips
right back and the muscles seize in that position, showing off their great big teeth. Same thing that this poor little guy is doing in the video.
And I can't find a photo to prove my next point, but the next distinguishing feature is the feet. When in the water for any length of time, the first
things to go are the hair, the eyes and the extremeties (fingers). All that these 'claws' are are the bones sticking out from where the little
fingers decomposed quickly.
Next is the colour, I can't find a picture of a bald opossum to show you. But if a possum had no hair it's body would be entirely pink. Except for a
little black ring just above the ankle (and occasionally a little black ring around the base of the tail). Look at 41 seconds. Little black ring
around the ankle.
At 1.15 you get a fully body shot. Every single feature about this proves it is a possum. The legs and body are completely in proportion to what they
should be. You can see that the tail should be almost twice as long as it is, but you can also see exactly where half of the tail was bitten off -
probably by crabs.