Hello Tumblr! Long time no see! :)
I was “Astrid the Possum Savior” for Halloween.
Humans and Animals
I can never resist reblogging things like this.
This is the kind of relationship I want humans to have with animals.
see how peacefully and gently we can interact with our fellow earthlings?
idk why but i think i’d shit myself if i ever got that close to a whale
I AM GOING TO DO THIS ONE DAY.
Thank you so much for staying, despite the fact that I’ve barely been posting lately!
You guys rock.
My school workload is bonkers right now since I unwittingly decided to take on 18 credit hours this semester. I guess I am still learning what is wise and unwise to do in your first ever year at college!
Anyway. I have a lot to do this weekend, but I will still try and get some new Maypop photos up.
Sorry for the complete lack of posting lately. All this school malarkey is keeping me pretty busy! I don’t have any fresh photos of Maypop (for shame, I know, I know!) but here is a photo of our little baby survivor kitten who we are pretty sure is a girl and so we are thinking to call her Sabine :)
And let me hug this creature.
Say Cheese by Y Bonneh
Phil and I went to a national park last weekend and this was in the visitor center. This guy makes Maypop look like a little chunkmonster! :P
Let’s all take a minute to admire this fascinating creature known as the Virginia opossum (Didelphis Virginiana).
The Virginia opossum is well-known as a pest, but it is actually quite the opposite. Non-territorial and non-destructive, it migrates to wherever food is available.
This animals has quite a few shocking natural abilities, and sadly, most of them go ignored.
1. Playing possum - When this animals is threatened, it may fall over on the ground and play dead. It also emits an odor that makes predators believe that it is, in fact, deceased. The fainting that occurs is completely involuntary.
2. Lethal toxin neutralizing factor protein - Over the course of its evolution, the Virginia opossum has developed a protein that seeks out and destroys biotoxins in its bloodstream. What does this mean? This little tank is immune to snake venom, bee venom, botulism, ricin and several other toxic substances.
3. Resistance to rabies - Due to their low body temperature, this animal is nearly immune to rabies. Only about one in eight hundred opossums are infected with the virus.
Needless to say, this is my absolute favorite animal. They don’t get near as much appreciation as they should, and it makes me sad.
Great post! :)
These opossums are from South America, and as New World marsupials, they are closely related to the Virginia opossum that is found in North America. However, unlike the Virginia opossum and many better known marsupials, this species lacks a pouch. The babies just cling to their mother’s teats. These opossums are relatively commonly kept as laboratory animals, and sometimes, they are available on the pet market. Unlike Virginia opossums, these animals are quite small.They aren’t much larger than a hamster! And because of their small size, they are often recommended as a pet, even though they aren’t available or legal in all parts of the country.
So fucking cute.
Reenactment of how the dinosaurs became extinct.