day 42 - baby possum

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    Another busy day. (I know. What a shock.) More packing, more schlepping of boxes to my parents' garage -- this time it was the entire contents of our overhead crawl-space, two truckloads full of stored baby memories and restoration parts for my husband's car and religious books and music books and who knows what all. In the midst of this, my daughter had a birthday party to attend; on my way home from dropping her off, I saw what I thought was a rat, behaving in a most un-rat-like manner as it crossed the road about fifty yards from my house. It was moving slowly, no skittering at all. When I parked the car I took my camera (of course) back to see what was going on; I found a BABY POSSUM crossing the road. I very nearly died of the cuteness, which is funny, because when they're full-sized, American possums are not cute at all. Here he is, telling me he will CUT ME if I even THINK about getting any closer with that big black thing because he is a BIG BAD TOUGH GUY MARSUPIAL . As anyone can see.

    Also, here he is looking more sedate.

    And here he is in all his full-length hairy cuteness (he was pretty much exactly the size of someone's pet rat, just for scale.)

    When I went back out later he was gone. I hope he's old enough not to need a mother, or that he found her, or she found him, or whatever.

    Christina Welsh (Rin), and 147 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Stevie Rae 81 months ago | reply

      could it get any cuter?? :)

      love it!

    2. noya_b 79 months ago | reply

      so cute!!!!

    3. Blonde_Bibliophile 79 months ago | reply

      AAAHHHH!!!!! I love it!!!

    4. Blonde_Bibliophile 79 months ago | reply

      I can not stop looking at this picture.

    5. rockdog5732 75 months ago | reply

      Hi great pictures. I am a possum fan and was wondering if I could have permission to use this for my You Tube background. I looked at all the pictures and this one here was my favorite. It has attitute. LOL.

    6. silvermare_the_unicorn 75 months ago | reply

      Total cute meltdown! This really is just too cute! So cute I could explode!

      Of course, the phrase "it's a cute and cuddly kind of evil" leaps to mind as I look at this. So cute, but get too close and *OUCH*!

      May I have your permission to use this as an LJ icon? In particular, I would like to use it when I interact with the LJ community splodefromcute, which is totally devoted to animals that are so cute that just one glance will fill your heart with rainbows. I will cite that the photo was taken by you and that you own the copyright.

    7. Mrs Rachel 75 months ago | reply

      Rockdog and silvermare: as long as you give appropriate credit and maybe a link back here, you're welcome to use the photo as long as it's not for money. :)

    8. justme_dc 70 months ago | reply

      This is the single most Awesome Possum Picture I have EVER seen! RAWR!

    9. katy elizabeth husdon [deleted] 65 months ago | reply

      .........................i - i - i dunno what 2 say, its SO cute my lil' bro literally SCREAMED when he saw it - like a girl too, i still got a head - ache frum that! so oh my god, i dont no how 2 say it but he is THE cutest a possum could POSSIBLY get!!!

    10. Patrick Hoesly 63 months ago | reply

      Auhhh.... cute cute cute!

    11. Awesome13131313 59 months ago | reply

      Awwwwwwwww soooooo cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    12. wu tang 59 months ago | reply

      i have one under the house i live in and i am trying to kill it

    13. The Fanged One 58 months ago | reply

      aw, that's too cute!
      and @wu tang - don't do that! They eat the pests that you don't want, and are harmless. Leave him alone!

    14. Catsbow 46 months ago | reply

      This guy is adorable. What an amazing shot.

      PS - Saw this on cuteoverload first and it linked to here.

    15. <3 to travel 37 months ago | reply

      Love it! baby roar!

    16. scrnnmna 34 months ago | reply

      Cute and scary combo, but way more cute than scary. :)

    17. GaryKurtz 27 months ago | reply

      Wow. This one is begging for a movie contract! What a face!

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