I’ll Have Some Avocado If U Please

U prolly woke up this morning and wondered, “Can a Possum do a Baroo?” (We know you did.) That mystery has been solved!

From Leslie G.: “Avocado was a rescue opossum and she definitely won over many hearts with this photo. I carried her in a pouch for months while she healed from a dog attack and so she could get accustomed to hoomins. She’s now an Animal Ambassador at the Museum where I work. Took this pic when she was just 3 months old or so.” Read all about it at NBC Los Angeles.com.



  1. Blue Footed Booby says:

    Holy carp. Love ‘possums and their little pink toes.

  2. Aw, the possie is smiling.

  3. What a sweet little ‘possum she is.

    And many kudos and thankies to Leslie for the rescue! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

  4. Simply A D O R A B L E!!!

  5. But…but…but… when did possums get so cute??? Or when did I pull my head out of my a$$ long enough to realize they ARE cute??? That smilingk face is just enchanting!

  6. Dog Lover, you must have joined us since the last Great Debate on the Cuteness of Possums. It’s a topic that has come up here periodically, though not in some time now. I would like to go on record as saying I have ALWAYS been on the “Possums Are Cute” side of the debate. (Well, there was that one brief moment I wavered, when CO posted a horrifying picture of a bunch of baby possums in a box with their pointy mouths open and little fangs showing . . . but everyone’s entitled to take a bad picture now and then, right?) (Please, NOBODY find that picture and re-post it here!)

  7. kibblenibble says:

    That is funny, Juno, because that picture is exactly the one that convinced me that possums were CUTE! 😆

  8. Mingles' Mommy says:

    And one of life’s great mysteries is now solved – Possums CAN smile!!! 🙂 🙂 SO SWEET.

  9. rocky griffin says:

    Thanks for the pic and thanks for answering another mystery of cuteness! High toe-beans and keep up the good work cuteologists and cuteporters!

  10. Blue Footed Booby says:

    They’re pretty much indisputably cure when they’re babies and have their mouths closed, arguably still cute with mouths open, and endearingly scruffy when grown up (especially when wearing sweaters http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/03/09/article-0-12175D40000005DC-478_634x396.jpg ).

  11. See, as a Brit, they just look adorable to me! I don’t know why anyone would not like them. Is it a bit like wild ratties or pigeons, some people see them as dirty vermin, others of us just love ’em?

  12. What Saffron said. Avocado is adorable–I could just eat her up!

  13. I’m strangely compelled to pop up every time CO posts a possum and say that I ADORE possums! They’re very docile and sweet and SOFT. I’ve worked with them at a rehab center, and I saved a few last summer from my dog, and they were so tiny they’d barely even opened their eyes. Their mom had died. I took care of them all night and helped relay them to a rehabber the next day. Ahh, little babies…

  14. I was always on teh Cute Side too. 🙂 I rescued a baby possum once from being stuck in plastic cup lid that some @$$hole had thrown on the ground, but I’m sure I’ve bored you all with the story before…

  15. yes, that’s exactly what it. 🙂

  16. is. 🙂

  17. Possums are soft?? Man, now I want to pat a possum.

  18. whawhawhatsis says:

    The librarian at my daughter’s elementary school was a trained wildlife rescuer, and one year kept the animals in the library for the kids to help her with as a special reward (until a new principal declared that they shouldn’t be there, the bum!). Posy the Possum was raised from a tiny baby that year until she was released to the wild — apparently possums, while insanely cute and soft, don’t imprint on humans so Posy was able to go out and live a regular possum life after her much-beloved upbringing. Wildlife rescuers are the BEST!

  19. Clearly you are made of sterner stuff than I.

  20. whatthelump says:

    That smile and those earsies are melting all the snow around me…

  21. Apparently I’m on a bit of a masochistic streak today, because after begging people NOT to post this picture, my morbid curiosity got the better of me. I guess it’s not quite as horrifying as I remember, but . . . GAH!


  22. Opossum! Smiling! Called Avocado! Carried in a pouch! Can’t! Sentences!

    (Seriously… Avocado. I am endlessly impressed by the naming capacities of the C.O.niverse.)

  23. Rescute!!!

  24. I rescued a baby possum once, it was nearly dead in the street. Must have fallen off of mom’s back. At first I thought it WAS dead and I just didn’t want her to be smushed by a car, so I grabbed a nearby cardboard scrap to move her aside and she moved! She was very cute, but dehydrated. Eventually she went to a rehab center where she became the mascot. So, I’m on the cute side, but I do admit adult possums have less appeal for me.