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This week a new creature moved into the hen house. We are calling her (or him) Helen. Here are some hints:
She is a marsupial.
She has more teeth than any mammal in North America.
It is extremely rare if not impossible for her type of mammal to get rabies because of their low body temperature (94-97º F) making it difficult for the virus to survive in an opossum's body.
They are omnivores, they eat mostly small rodents, insects, worms, slugs and snails, frogs, vegetables, berries, nuts, fruit, garbage, pet food, birdseed and yes...they can eat chickens and their eggs!
They roamed the earth back when there were dinosaurs.
Amazing right??!!
What kind of animal is she?
An Opossum!!
Not a possum? Nope, opossums live in North America, while possums live in Australia and other countries. Both animals are marsupials, but possums are more closely related to kangaroos.

 

 

 

 

 

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hey everybody welcome to the farm this is Edie it's winter and I don't usually post but things are going well we have 22 pregnant llamas you are starting to get big and wide and lovely I love when they start to get really pregnant and they sit like dogs I think the first babies are 50 days away thank you they'll start having babies in April Don Pedro is just keeping an eye on everything for us our first goat we got 11 years ago but I'm posting today a different kind of video to show you a new little buddy a surprise who moved into the farm let's go check it out this weekend a new creature moved into the hen house I'll give you a couple hints it's the only marsupial in New England the hens should be maybe a little afraid of it but for some reason don't care at all they know she's there and they're totally uninterested so they obviously don't find her threatening they have a lot of sharp teeth maybe more than any other mammal but are generally docile and friendly and they were they've been around so long that they were around when dinosaurs roamed the earth let's see if you guys guessed it right we've named ours Helen maybe you can see her over there oh she just stuck her head down peeking out past the water if you guessed a possum or an opossum you're right we suspect maybe she has babies because they tend to have them a late winter early spring and she just needed a little place to hunker down for a little bit she's been kind of coming and going but returning to this spot during the day and so far hasn't caused any problems so we're choosing to be kind of open-minded and allow her this time and hope that she moves on eventually in the next couple days but that she can have a safe place here until then we did try to move her and she wasn't into it at all well she's really slumped back in here see if I backed up if she pokes our head back up we're choosing to see her is a little bit of a metaphor with all the fear-mongering in the news it's easy to get trapped in that space where we're afraid of everything and I don't know about you guys but that's not how I want to live my life and that's definitely not how we run the farm we want to keep our animals super safe but we want to do that without sacrificing what makes us most human and the most animal and I think that's an openness and a willingness to live together and so keeping this opossum for a couple days is a practice in that we'll keep you posted on what happens to her in the comments you

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