January 15, 2019

Please contact the following people involved with the "Possum Drop" in Andrews, North Carolina and let them know that you are disappointed with their duplicitous actions (the mayor said the town would not use a live animal in next year's "Possum Drop" and even signed a...

January 15, 2019

BREAKING NEWS: About-Face in Andrews NC - Town Reneges on ‘Possum Drop’ Agreement

Town ignores public outcry after opossum injured and forced to perform in 2018/19 event loses leg to infection

A gravely injured opossum used in a cruel New Year’s Eve tradition held in And...

December 27, 2018

(Please scroll to the bottom of the page for information on who to contact to help put a stop to the "Possum Drop" in North Carolina).

There is a lot of buzz going on lately about the annual "Possum Drop" that happens in western North Carolina every year on New Year's E...

February 9, 2018

Republished courtesy of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

When caught in the headlights, big-eyed deer either race across the road or turn back the way they came. Opossums have no fear. Initially indifferent to danger, they’ll continue scarfing a late-night roadkill, glancing...

Natives of southern climes, opossums are not particularly well equipped for life in the cold, and yet they have been migrating north in increasing numbers over the last decades. Unlike other fur-bearing mammals in the region, opossums have relatively thin coats, and th...

DO NOT TRY TO RAISE INFANT OPOSSUMS IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING! THEY WILL DIE!!! Contact an opossum rescuer immeidately.  (Also, it’s illegal to care for an opossum or have one as a pet if you don’t have a special certification).

Please administer first aid to...

November 23, 2017

Opossums have a spectacular immune system, and a lower than average body temperature. This means that they don't carry a whole lot of the standard zoonotic diseases that other animals might carry. Although an opossum might get rabies, it's very unlikely. However, oposs...

November 17, 2017

While it’s common for people to use these two spellings interchangeably, opossum and possum actually refer to different animal groups.

In most casual writing this won’t make a difference, as it’s commonly understood that most writers mean opossum when they write possum....

November 9, 2017

 Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM) is a neurological disorder caused by a parasite. The opossum and a parasite called Sarcocystis neurona have been implicated although current research suggests other hosts (such as raccoons and skunks) and other parasites may be...

November 5, 2017

Opossums are opportunistic omnivores. Their number one food is insects, mostly beetles. They eat a varied diet of insects, worms, frogs, birds, fruits, nuts and carrion (dead animals). They will also prey on small rodents, voles, shrews and moles. Opossums will feed at...

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