Australian possum vs American possum 画
I had this exact conversation with an Australian friend. She was startled and said that oh, she must have just heard a possum outside her window.
Me: “OH GOD CLOSE YOUR WINDOW RIGHT NOW D:”
After an amusingly long circular conversation where she thought I was irrationally scared of the adorable little animal on the left, we figured out that we were discussing two very different animals. She sent me a picture, I awwed. Then I sent her a picture.
"WHAT IS THAT THING?!"
The last time I saw one that wasn’t roadkill, it was hissing at me from the shadows of a dark driveway I was walking past and I just bolted for a good hundred feet or so out of reflex.
This may be the only time the US wins in a head to head competition for scarier animals with Australia.
the one marsupial we do have, and it’s this fucking thing
There was a mix up and we got Australia’s Possum.
fuck. that’s not fair. shit. i would love to go out after dark and be surprised by that cute little fucker. goddammit. instead we get the miniature hellbeast. what the fuck guys. pound for pound they are probably the most terrifying mammal someone around my area can expect to encounter. like worse than raccoons. raccoons are cute and unless there is something actually wrong with them they’ll just go about their business. they’ll look up at you like ‘hey sup you have some quality garbage om nom nom’ and just keep doing their thing. a possum? no, they don’t play dead; they play demon. my sweetie does (humane!) pest control and ‘nuisance’ wildlife removal/relocation and so sometimes there are little trap cages with a possum hanging out for a few days getting free meals before being set free somewhere… those little assholes are scary. like it’s around sunset so the thing is waking up, right? and it’s ugly lil face is still sideways on the ground like it’s asleep but it’s not, it’s awake and it’s mouth is just open like that, hissing softly like something out of a nightmare. look at that thing, it just looks wrong.