That Awesome Possum

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Did you know that when a momma opossum gives birth her entire litter fits into a teaspoon.  Those little babies pull themselves through her belly hair and move into that unusual resting space to nurse and grow big and strong…yep the opossum has a pouch.  It was marsupial day at Toddler Tuesday.  We learned all about that awesome possum.  We even sang the sweet p song in honor of our recently deceased Petunia. RIP Sweet Petunia.   She was an old girl at a ripe ole age of 4 years (that is all they get, those poor possums).  We had a visit from our juvenile Tulip who was showing off her youthfulness. 

To end the possum party we made pouches and baby possums to fill it with.  It was a fine motor activity sewing up those pouches. Check out these proud mammas. 

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About Joy O' Nature

I am a naturalist on the education staff here at Oatland Island Wildlife Center. I earned a B.S. in Terrestrial Ecology with a minor in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont. I recently received my MPH in Environmental Health from the University of Arizona. I have been a classroom science and environmental educator; instructing all ages from preschool to college, for most of my educated life.

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