18 Times Opossums Nailed The Art Of Being Adorable

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Instead of caving to the media's portrayal of possums as terrifying rat-like trash burglars, let this collection of adorable possum pictures change your mind on these adorable marsupials. Although possums get a bad rap as disease-carrying night lurkers, their incredibly strong immune systems leave them mostly immune to rabies. The cute possums of the world may carry their young around with them, but they are not carrying disease. In fact, not only are they eight times less likely to carry the disease than wild dogs, possums generally enjoy partial or total immunity to snake venom, even from rattlesnakes and cottonmouths. They may also be a bit sharper than you think, as they’ve been proven to be better at remembering the location of hidden food than rats, rabbits, cats, and dogs.

Furthermore, the lovable possum photos below show their friendliness around humans when raised in proper situations. If you look closely at these cute pictures of possums, you'll realize they really enjoy play, and not the "dead" kind.

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