An Observation

Every time I hear someone tell an anecdote about a run-in with a possum, myself included, they insert some variation on the qualifier, "And, I dunno, it must have been ill or something, because it looked like it had the mange and acted rabid." Snarling expressions accompanied by hissing, tend to immediately follow.

It may be that only the most horrible of possums make their way into our anecdotes, but I'm beginning to suspect that humans may just overestimate the pleasantness of opossums' appearance and demeanor.

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