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Woman Lets An Elderly Possum Stay In Her Garage, Her Nephew Posts Pic Online And It Goes Viral
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Woman Lets An Elderly Possum Stay In Her Garage, Her Nephew Posts Pic Online And It Goes Viral

“Gotta admit, that’s one ugly cat,” says a comment on a r/aww thread about an unusual lodger who has taken up residence in someone’s aunt’s garage: an opossum. Hank, as he’s affectionately called, may not have the charm of the puppies and kitties that make up most of the posts on the subreddit for all things cute, but the story’s wholesomeness has Redditors talking about why we should be thankful for opossums, which are often casually called possums in North America.

A Reddit user from Louisiana says that the old, grumpy-looking animal has been a frequent visitor at their aunt’s house for a couple of years. With winter approaching, he began sleeping in the garage, so she showed him some good old Southern hospitality and put out a blanket and snacks for him. Though Hank certainly isn’t a pet, he seems to have come to an understanding that her garage is a safe haven for him.

Hank is a big hit on r/aww

Opossums only live for 2-3 years, so Hank may not be around for long, but the Louisiana resident is happy to let him spend his old age somewhere where he’ll be safe from predators. And, as commenters point out, leaving opossums to do their thing is a great way to keep ticks and other dangerous pests under control. If you’re wondering how they catch so many ticks, it turns out that they just groom themselves constantly, so any tick that lands on them becomes a snack. Wildlife experts say that opossums clean up bugs, garden pests such as slugs, and rotting fruit, and even hunt venomous snakes. After doing such good service for his community, Hank deserves a comfortable retirement, don’t you think?

Scroll down for some cute opossum pics and facts about why these misunderstood animals make great neighbors and you shouldn’t bother them if you see them in your neighborhood!

Image credits: INKgear

Image credits: Land Between the Lakes

Image credits: InnerFish

Image credits: Overlordzelli

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MsM
Community Member
2 years ago

Awww, Hank <3 I've been approached by a possum several times while sitting in my yard. S/he seemed curious about me, but shy. It always makes me happy when animals visit. :)

Vic
Community Member
2 years ago

Lucky you.. we don't have possums or skunks were I'm from. I think I learnt about possums from the Ice Age movie. They look cute..

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Margie S.
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2 years ago

We have a possum that lives in our yard, we call him Larry. Larry is huge much larger than our Chihuahuas. Larry eats the scraps we leave out for him, he doesn't bother the Chihuahuas.

MsM
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2 years ago

I Like Larry

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Elisavet Palazzolo
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2 years ago

my sister had one she raised from a baby orphan (his momma & brothers & sisters were all squished in the street out in front of my house - it was SO sad). his name was Pistachio & he was the sweetest little guy baby ever. altho she tried to find a rescue to take him, she was unable to so we learned a lot about how to best take care of them & what to feed them. he lived about 2yrs - she rly did a great job. he was a cutie pie <3

MsM
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2 years ago

Pistachio is a cute name :)

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MsM
Community Member
2 years ago

Awww, Hank <3 I've been approached by a possum several times while sitting in my yard. S/he seemed curious about me, but shy. It always makes me happy when animals visit. :)

Vic
Community Member
2 years ago

Lucky you.. we don't have possums or skunks were I'm from. I think I learnt about possums from the Ice Age movie. They look cute..

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Margie S.
Community Member
2 years ago

We have a possum that lives in our yard, we call him Larry. Larry is huge much larger than our Chihuahuas. Larry eats the scraps we leave out for him, he doesn't bother the Chihuahuas.

MsM
Community Member
2 years ago

I Like Larry

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Elisavet Palazzolo
Community Member
2 years ago

my sister had one she raised from a baby orphan (his momma & brothers & sisters were all squished in the street out in front of my house - it was SO sad). his name was Pistachio & he was the sweetest little guy baby ever. altho she tried to find a rescue to take him, she was unable to so we learned a lot about how to best take care of them & what to feed them. he lived about 2yrs - she rly did a great job. he was a cutie pie <3

MsM
Community Member
2 years ago

Pistachio is a cute name :)

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