Caturday Schmaturday

Peeps, I am sooooo over the whole “caturday” deal. Puhlease. What we need is a nice shiny SATURDAY MARSUPIAL SNOUT. From two-thousand-seven!

Well-intentioned Rebecca M. assures moi that Opossums are PERFECTLY wonderful and not the slightest bit evil, and sends this photo as proof.
possum pinup
Rebecca M. claims:

-They RULE in the Moist Nosicle category.
-They have a thumb without a nail on their back feet.
-They have elaborate whiskers.
-Their ears are pink when they’re babies and turn black as they grow up.
-They CARRY LEAVES CURLED UP IN THEIR TAILS – Come ON!
-And let’s not forget they carry their babies in a pouch – North America’s only marsupial

Hmmm. I’m thinking. I’m thinking… LET ME THINK! [shifty eyes]

Comments

  1. skippymom says:

    Thank you, thank you, Mr. Theo! I’ve always loved possums and sometimes see them around my birdfeeder at night. My two younger cats think they are some weird kind of kitty.
    So this one in the picture, it is a tame one? I would so smooch that pink nosicle!

  2. Pointy kitty!

  3. Katrina says:

    Niiiiiiiiice.

  4. Von Zeppelin says:

    Wow! That’s a big possum, a regular possum porker. They must have plenty of good stuff in the trash cans where this guy lives.

  5. Oooh, he looks like he just had a fresh coat of wax buffed onto that shiny schnozz! Adorable! (But the claws…YIKES!) He’s a little cutie.

  6. skippymom says:

    “Pointy kitty” ha ha! From now on, this is what I will tell my boys it is.

  7. Ack! Possums were always breaking into our attic when I was a kid. Their creepy, human-like fingers terrified me. I really think they’re only cute when they’re babies.

  8. Ooooooh, what a beautiful new breed of kitteh: porcelain-pink noesicle; shiny bright eises; luuvelee fluffy furs; C’mere and give CKK a big snorgle!!!! (Howsomevver, he has kynda threatening-looking toesies, sorta skairey teefs, and a rather ‘don’t mess with me’ look;)……..Ummmmm, kitteh, mebbee we’ll pass this time on the snorgling; perhaps later….. :shock:

  9. linguafranka says:

    I LUUUUURVE POSSUMS!!!!!!!!!!
    (dont really want to let ‘em curl up in bed with me, but i dont let a lot of key-yute things do that…)

  10. Michael says:

    First of all, that is not a possum; that is an O-possum. Possums are found in Australia and New Zealand. Opossums are found in redneck stewpots. Second, if an opossum is cute, my ass is a banjo.

    [Then it's time for a little Foggy Mountain Breakdown! - Ed.]

  11. Leilani says:

    I have a friend who calls them “Celestial Rats.”

  12. Nope. Still terrifying. We had one that lived in our garage (got in and out through a busted vent), which is a weird, L-shaped apartment garage that isn’t attached to our building, and mysteriously remains pretty cool during the California summer. As much as I hate possums, I wasn’t about to deny a living thing a cool place to rest in the heat, and since the only thing we had in there was the car and some old boxes and it stayed on the side of the garage where I didn’t park, it didn’t bother me. That is, until I made the mistake of leaving my car window down. Trust me, a possum on your front seat is not something you ever want to see, although the sight of me shrieking like a little girl and running out into the alley was probably rather humourous. Wouldn’t get back into my car for the rest of the day.

  13. They seemed charming enough to me whenever I’d see them bumbling around at night, until I realized what was eating my poor chickens! I never would have believed a possum could catch a chicken until I saw one in the act of grabbing the foot of a sleeping hen and dragging her off her perch. THAT was not so cute!

  14. oooooh, little chubby opossum, how i love you!

  15. @Michael–hilarious!
    @Theo–nice call on the Foggy Mountain Breakdown! How the heck do you remember all of these little snippets and have them ready at breakneck speed for your snappy comebacks?! Most impressive, sir.

    [It's just the first thing I think of when somebody says "banjo" - Ed.]

  16. Nope, not cute. Not very bright, either. I had to chase too many of them out of the kitchen of the house where I lived in Winston-Salem. The raccoons usually had the sense to run for it when I came in shouting with a broom, but the possums were cheeky and would just stare at me while chewing up the current mouthful of cat kibble.

  17. sweet possum…how I heart you ^_^

  18. Happy Snouterday!

  19. Cute like rabies. Anyone with livestock knows exactly what to do with these things.

  20. Shelley says:

    awww he’s scary-cute! one time my grammy was in her back yard, saw a fluffy little critter from behind, said “here kitty,kitty”…and one of these guys turned around and gave her a big scary toothy “smile”….yikes! she did that with a skunk once too lol :o) ha ha….

  21. skippymom says:

    Dana, I LITERALLY laughed my head off at that Cat Found poster! (scurries off to find duct tape)

  22. SCARY! please, no more!

  23. I will snorgle you, pointy kitty. I’m vaccinated against rabies.
    Mmmmmmmschmak!

  24. Patricia says:

    I just wish when matting season would roll around that they not make that horrific racket at 3am.

  25. BabyOpossum says:

    Oh, pointy cats, oh, pointy pointy…

  26. Janice and "Ralph" the Wonder Llama says:

    Lovely! I met an opossum in my backyard. I thought it was a cat for a minute–my indoor/outdoor cat still does! Especially when Mr O eats his leftover kibble. :-) Harmless creatures, and always welcome in my yard. I love those little hands!

  27. Who does this look like? I’m wracking my brain to figure it out … :-D

    [Carrot Top. - Ed.]

  28. I admire opossums, if not lovin’ them outright. The teeth, people! The teeth! An unending mouthful of them! I think there’s definitely some shark in the opossum lineage.

  29. skippymom says:

    Pyrit, I think it looks like that goat. Um, I mean Steve Lipscomb.

  30. bunnywabbit says:

    I once opened the kitchen door in the evening to let my cats in and I was shocked to see an oppossum trying to push his way in to the house. I squealed and shoved him out with my foot. That was in NY state. Now living in Ontario last fall I saw a baby one at the foot of a tree. Methinks he may have fallen but was OK and even snarled at me and my dog. Strange little creatures.

  31. Holy leathery ears, Batman!

  32. skippymom – Steve Lipscomb ate my Trapper Keeper.

  33. Bagpipe Mouse says:

    Perhaps we need a new category….”So Ugly It’s Cute” or “Cute ‘N Creepy”?

  34. LizzyCat says:

    lol “pointy kitty”! I’m usually creeped out by ‘possums, but this one’s pretty cute :)

  35. skippymom says:

    Can you catch an opossum with a Trapper Keeper?

  36. The only reason people think they’re evil is because they’re nocturnal and their eyes light up red when you surprise them with the porch light. They are kind of cute, really. Especially their babies.

  37. I’m not convinced. A possum brutally attacked both of my cats.

  38. googlie eyes says:

    There used to be a bunch of them around where I grew up. I really only saw ones that got hit by a car. I always thought they were really cute. The blue jays, magpies, and raccoons were the real menaces (though I still like them; they’re just trying to eat, too, even if they scare the heck out of my cat). I also saw a news story about a poor mama opossum that had been shot through with arrows by a bunch of kids. They were able to save the babies, but mama died. From that point on I have always voted yes to opossums.

  39. Fret not, opossum-haters:
    An opossum is short-lived and has high mortality rates at all stages. Mortality of young still in the pouch ranges from 10 to 25 percent. Of those that survive through weaning, fewer than 10 percent live longer than one year.

    I hope that makes you feel better, you heartless creeps.
    [runs away sobbing uncontrollably]

    http://www.ngpc.state.ne.us/wildlife/opossum.asp

  40. Paunchie says:

    They are usually gentle though. We had one that would eat with our outdoor kittys and they treated him like just another weird lookin cat.

    Their teeth do freak me out though. Death awaits u all! With nasty sharp pointy teeth!

  41. Bouviegal says:

    WHAT are those ears made out of….pleather??

  42. Katrina says:

    YAY, Nasty sharp pointy teeth!

    Oh, Patito, weep no more, for lo, the angle of the Lord shown around them, and there was light at the end of the tunnel and all who vote ‘nay’ on Oppossums will be held accountable at the, the,…………oops, I think I might get into trouble here, I’ll stop now, but Patito, Opossums gotta try to live, too. I’m propossum AND I VOTE! There really ought to be two “p’s” in that animal’s name. I had to respell every last one I typed.

  43. Katrina says:

    That IS one chubby critter, isn’t it? Perhaps it is ‘with opossums’. That happens a lot.

  44. Paunchie says:

    Nasty BIG pointy teeth

    (with hand gesture of said teeth making chomps)

    I keep getting quotes wrong lately.

  45. Ooh, ick. I freakin’ HATE these critters. It’s very hard for me to be nice about them, I have to admit (hey! look at me! I’m a ’nuffer!).

    Years ago, out in the boonies, my sister kept chickens, and opossums broke into their enclosure and KILLED THEM ALL… and they didn’t even eat them or any of the eggs, just killed the birds.

    Stupid, mean, destructive little bastards…

    [You're certain they were opossums, then? Not foxes, raccoons, dogs, former Vice Presidents...? - Ed.]

  46. I want to kees the nose and fluff the whiskers! :D

  47. I was curious about the stories of Opossums eating chickens as we have never had any of our chickens taken by an opossum but yo really just never know anyway it is highly unlikely that an opossum killed an entire hen house of hens

    maybe one if it was really hungry.

    Also they are resistant to Rabies and it is a rare one that gets this disease

    Here are some Possum facts if you are interested
    Opossum Facts

  48. I like them. Especially these from last winter:

    http://cuteoverload.com/2008/12/24/possum-carolers/

  49. Woods Walker says:

    Opossums are the only marsupial outside Australia. They are also scavengers and are far from harmless. I have seen them eat road kills while driving at night.-Woods Walker.

  50. SoCalSis says:

    I remember wondering at the marvels of nature during a mammology class when I learned about the fecundity of opossums. Thanks to Kittyadventures (Thanks, KA!)I see I wasn’t dreaming when I remembered that the Opossum is one of the few mammalian/marsupial/monotreme type animals who regularly have more babies than can physically survive (from KA’s source above: “As with most mammals the number will vary, but generally opossums will give birth to between 6-25 young one to three times a year, usually between January and July. Most litters consist of 6 to 9 young. Of these no more than 13 will survive because the mother only has 13 teats with which to feed them. Each joey will latch onto a teat, and those who do not secure a place in their mother’s pouch will starve and die. “)

    Of course, a marsupial can get away with this as the physical ‘investment’ in production of young is much less than with mammals; the marsupial is (relatively) very undeveloped at birth.

    Now I must depart, before I am tempted to start on monotremes…(Ah, yes, the quizzical Echidna….) (I notice I am turning into my father as I see myself droning on and on and on about some random something or other with no apparent ability to control myself…. Oh The Irony)

  51. Well, Teho, I wouldn’t put it past a former VP, actually.

    But, yeah, my sister saw the critter with blood on its snout IN THE DAMN enclosure. She didn’t want to believe it, either, being a big “live and let live” fan of wildlife. She would have happily let a hungry thing have an egg or two, and she probably would have forgiven the pilfering of a chicken, but wiping out ALL of her laying hens? Oh, sheesh, she borrowed my dad’s rifle and turned into a vengeful hillbilly before my very eyes…

  52. Enough, OK? It’s called “Cute Overload”, remember?

  53. Tractatus Blorpico-Philosophicus says:

    Yay, the Trapper Keeper is back! Hoorah! [breathless with excitement]

  54. kibblenibble says:

    Once I left the back door open just a bit, since the kitties were still out, and went to bed. Woke up in the middle of the night to some strange growly, snarfly sounds. Got up without putting on my coke-bottle glasses, and saw two furballs near the cat-food bowls. “Kitty, kitty?” I sleepily inquired. The reply was a whole lot of hissing and spitting, not at all cat-like. ‘Twas a couple of opossums, taking advantage of an open door. Never left the back door open again. Friends love to tease me about how near-sighted I am, because I really thought they were cats. Can’t see a damn thing…*walks away muttering*

  55. Michelle says:

    I think it’s ironic that people call them evil because they eat chickens (which is what animals do….they prey on one another) when those very people probably ate a chicken sandwich for lunch.

    And seriously…what grown person is scared of these animals? They run away, play dead, or hiss to defend themselves. Trust me, they would rather avoid humans at all costs. Just give them an opening, and they’re gone in a flash.

  56. berthaservant says:

    Oh no, I’m not getting into THIS argument again….

  57. That is the cutest thing ever. I love opossums so much.

  58. precious, just precious

  59. googlie eyes says:

    kibblenibble, that reminds me of Brenda in adventures in babysitting:

    (start at 8:10)

  60. The night a possum came in the catflap is the night the catflap was nailed shut for good.

  61. Carol Possum Pal says:

    Of course they are cute! Do you see the fingerless gloves they wear? I used to feed shelled peanuts to a baby opossum who could barely climb the stairs to my deck every night of a bitterly cold winter. Soon I had several coming to visit so I would put out dry dog food for them. They never made a sound or fought with each other except to make a silent “hiss” to determine who had the rights to a particularly tasty morsel. Did you know their poor little tails can get frostbite and that they do not carry rabies?

  62. They do SO carry babies.

  63. Annette says:

    They are so adorable, soft, sweet, (when tame) and competely missunderstood. They do NOT carry rabies! They have 50 teeth; how cool is that? I love them~

  64. Wow, I’ve never seen one in person – I had no idea they were so HUGE! If the comments didn’t tell me it was an oppossum, I would have sworn it was an R.O.U.S.! (Rodent of Unusual Size ;) )

  65. I’m sorry, but I don’t think possums will evar be cute (to me anyway), too many pointy teef.

  66. yes, i must say they look cuter close up than from far away.

  67. puddlepeppers says:

    Pogo, one of his favorite songs: “I took a freighter to Decatur for to see my
    Rose, to supplicate her dear old pater, hum tum tiddley toes.”

  68. Martha in Washington says:

    Possums are so cute! Usually the only way I get to see them is as roadkill.

    Why did the chicken cross the road?
    To prove to the possum that it could be done.

  69. cafegrrl says:

    Very cute! I’ve see them walking along the block walls at my local park, looking into fruit trees.

  70. KathleenB says:

    Eh… My vote’s on the creepy side. Those hands kinda make me nervous…

  71. Apologies all around, Teho. I truly don’t mean to harsh anyone’s cute… but when it comes to (ground) squirrels and opossums? My record of ’nuffing speaks for itself. I’d like to be more charitable, but I’m afraid my issues are DEEPLY personal where these critters are concerned.

    So I guess I’ll just recuse myself in the future. Again, my apologies for any non-cute-ish commentary. I really don’t want to be a negative force in the community.

    P.S. B-serve, is there a history here of opossum ’nuffing? If so, I can’t believe I missed it.

    P.P.S. Michelle, just FYI, the chickens in question were laying hens, and the fact of the matter is that my sister is a vegetarian. No hypocritical chicken sandwiches were involved…

  72. Psilopathic says:

    ADORABLE! Why don’t more people keep them as pets? Look at his innocent expression, his stout posture, his shiny fuzz. Cute!

  73. Vanessa says:

    Possums are awesome! The only reason people don’t like them is because they often outsmart humans. It isn’t the possums fault that people don’t have the smarts to prevent them from being ‘pests’. Do your research, make some effort, and possums aren’t going to cause you any problems. Plus, they will benefit your environment by eating much of those other ‘pests’ that are outsmarting people as well.
    Go Possums!

  74. Katrina says:

    (Sung to the song)
    It’s imPOSSible,
    to tell the sqee’ers from the nuffs,
    yes, just impossible..Ooo-oooo-ooooo-oo
    Its impossible,
    to say I’ve really have enffus,
    yes its just im po ssible……..

  75. Sorry for the involuntary decapitation, skippymom!

  76. Katrina says:

    And tomorrow,
    if you asked me for the world, somehow I’d get it
    I would sell my very soul and not regret it,
    for to live without your LOL’s is just im POSSible,
    ImPossible , im POssible, ooooo, oo,
    (big finish)
    IM PO SS I BLE!
    Thank you, I’m here all week, try the omlettes,
    Oh, crap, I rally shouldn’t have said that– oh, crappity crap. Oh, well…

  77. kibblenibble says:

    googlie eyes: Thanks for the video link. :-) The big furry blur that she sees looks about like what I saw, except there were two. And the fact that she says “kitty, kitty” just like me is hysterical.

  78. Katrina says:

    Oh, Theresa, Thank you for the ‘Figgy Pudding’ reminder-I laughed until the tears flowed-and then I got a huge headache, but it is oh so worth it! Thank you!

  79. And THANK YOU, Katrina, for that bee-yoo-tiful musical interlude!!!

  80. I had one trapped in the garbage can recently. It crawled in trying to find goodies, only to realize too late it couldn’t get back out. It looked at me with the perfect expression of “Please don’t tell my friends!”

  81. Paunchie says:

    their wee tails can get frostbite? We must get them some tail cozies! Start knitting! And put a pom pom on da end!

  82. You are aware of the fact that opposums eat kittens. Some of my own little nomulets have perished because of it.

  83. Ok, THIS little Opie is cute! But in general, they’re horrible little beasts if you find one out in the wild do NOT try to pet or capture it! They’re nocturnal so if you do even see one during the day, it’s probably sick (rabies) or taking care of babies and looking for food during non-business hours and you really don’t want a pissed off possum mommy after you. They scuttle all over the roads and highways in Kentucky, these little guys will stop dead in the road and stare down your car down, hissing and acting like they’ll chew your tires off if you come any closer lol! They’re pests, but come on, North America’s only native marsupial deserves some credit, at least from an evolutionary standpoint lol.

    I would totally snorgle the above pictured Opie ^_^ His furz look soft and yummy, usually they have very wiry coarse furz, he’s been very well cared for.

  84. Bring back caturdays! That thing looks like an over sized rodent. not cute.

  85. those soulful beady eyes belie the nasty bite you’ll get if you reach for that six-pack in the pouch! What do you think she’ll carry when the little ones move out?

  86. it looks like it’s walking on a nude torso. ouch!

  87. Neopatra says:

    Awesome-Possum!

  88. opossum says:

    HOORRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111!!!1

    Lookat dat ‘possum!

    I love opossums, for they are my namesake.

  89. I am looking in the full-length mirror, and my ass STILL does not look like a banjo, so I’m casting my vote with michael.

    NOT cute.

  90. electric says:

    Not cute. not cute not cute

  91. Whoa, electric, you read my mind.

    I recoiled from my computer monitor.

  92. Heather says:

    That opossum is sweet.

    Re: Rabies. Opossums rarely carry rabies; their normal body temperature is too low for the virus to incubate. It can happen, but rarely does. Rabies is far more common in cats, dogs, raccoons, etc.

  93. What you are all overlooking is the fact that these guys REEK. They have a musk that is just plain horrible, kind of a cross of skunk and ferret. A bite from one of these guys is also pretty much a guaranteed nasty infection….their teeth are very craggy and they eat a lot of roadkill and other trash, thus their mouth is a festering mass of potentially lethal bacteria.

  94. i disagree. possums are not cute. they carry diseases that can be fatal to horses. EPM, Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis, is carried by possums, and deposited on food sources (hay, grass…) and then ingested by horses. the protoza then go into the blood stream, traveling to the spinal cord/nervous system and attacking it. My boy, Riski, contracted EPM and even through 3 months of intense drug therapies, he had to be put down. Watching your horse, walk and fall down because he cannot control his limbs is the most heartbreaking and painful thing to witness.
    possums are evil. no more possums on cute overload.

  95. RebeccaM says:

    The picture is our opossum, Baby, and I am sad to report that she is currently suffering from Crispy Ear Syndrome, which is a serious infection that causes the edges of the ears to dry up & fall off. She’s on antibiotics and seems to be doing better, but she is 3 years old now, which is beyond the opossum’s normal lifespan. We found her as a baby (the momma was dead) and hand-raised her, but they really should not be kept as pets. They are not social animals and although nonaggressive (they run away rather than fight), they are not affectionate either. They sleep 90% of the day and the time they’re awake is spent snuffling around looking for food. Thanks to C-O for reprinting her cute picture. PS to Anne, who said “it looks like it’s walking on a nude torso. ouch!”, that’s really a tan Ultrasuede couch that’s seen better days.

  96. Stephanie says:

    I love possums! I have always thought that they were cute and secretly always wanted one :) oh well lol! This one is super cute!

  97. eternalcanadian says:

    ehehehehe, little beady eyed and leather-eared possum! they may be a pest in some places but they’re pretty darned resourceful and clever!

  98. Years ago I was at my parents’ house for dinner. My mother put out the dog’s dinner — but not the dog — and then turned out most of the lights. We all sat and waited, and pretty soon two possums came up and tucked into the dog food, while my mother cooed rapturously about how cute they were and how they were just like little peegs (sweet Swiss accent here). When they were quite through, she let the dog out to finish off the dog food.

    Thanks for the picture. It brought back that memory.

  99. Starstorm0m394 says:

    Actually, the worst case of animal cruelty I have EVER heard involved an opossum…

    One opossum was under some family’s porch and had babies. They had cats, so they only “rational” thing they could think to do was to catch her, burn her alive, and drag her from under their car after trying to squish her to death. Someone saw this and called the ASPCA. They were fined… But the momma opossum and all eleven of her babies died. And a couple years back, my ex’s father got rid of an opossum from their garage by shooting it with a shotgun. Hence the word EX.

    UGH! To all the opossum haters, I hope you think differently the next time you see one… :( *huggles and cluddles to opossums*

  100. Yeah, I never really liked ‘em but this morning I went out in the back yard to snag some fresh apricots and there was a little itty bitty baby possum, right under the tree, who had the same idea! Our cat sniffed around it a little but then (wisely) left it alone, and it just sorta shuffled back off into the bushes. Actually was pretty cute, but then baby aminals almost always are. :-)

  101. Now I know I’ve seen one of those critters in some cartoon from the 80’s! It’s funny, cause when you see them, your like “Oh that’s where they got the idea for that cute, funny face from!”

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