Opossum during the day
A rare appearance during the day: Common Opossum.
The Common Opossum is one that you seldom see during daylight as they are well known as nocturnal animals. Somehow this one was either a bit early or a bit lost. I managed to take some pictures before it left.
If you look a little bit closer you can clearly see that the Common Opossum (Didelphis marsupialis) has a two layer fur (brown/gray)
Second to notice is of course his big ears and the long tail. The fur on his back is a bit longer giving him this 'just woke up and rolled out of my bed' look.
Common Opossums are solitary animals, they are locally known as Awari or Buidelrat.
They practically eat everything; insects, worms, birds, eggs, fruit. On many occasions we have spotted an opossum during the night where we hide our food left overs.
Quite often we have seen the Opossum at the Ocelot feeder, it enjoys this extra free food too. Luckily for the ocelot the Opossum doesn't eat all the meat, just a few pieces and while it is so caught up with this extra treat, the ocelot will surprise it from behind.
But since the opossum also has a strong smell, the ocelot won't eat it. One lucky rat.
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