Found a smattering of scattered bones in the woods recently and knew they belonged to a ‘possum I’d seen a few months ago, slowly decomposing on the trail. Most of the ‘possum was there in March, and I wondered about it: had it died on the trail? Was it roadkill being carried home for supper by an enterprising member of the family Canidae, and if so, why didn’t it get all the way home?
While possums tend to be viewed negatively (sneaky-looking nocturnal marsupials that hiss when you speak to them in your backyard), they’re actually kind of neat, as these 10 facts about possums illustrate.
The more I get to know about them, the more I like them. Even if they do hiss at me in my own driveway. And as for that irritating apostrophe that technically is supposed to precede the word ‘possum if you don’t use opossum? I think I’ll call it a ‘postrophe.