Not everyone is a happy patient at Wild Things. Despite being rescued as a starving and very small (probably born late in the season) Virginia Opossum and being given a second chance to survive and make it in the world, this little guy is definitely NOT a happy patient!
He will bite and thrash every time I have to pick him up, and his favourite defence mechanism is explosive very stinky diarrhea. He also sticks out his "bifurcated," or forked, penis at me. This is a special anatomical trait of opossums. It is interesting to see, but I'd be just as happy if he kept it to himself! ;)
Opossums also have their scrotum located in FRONT of their "forks," so it really is a unique set-up!
WTS has also seen lots of "snowbirds" or Dark Eyed Juncos visiting. I love these little birds as they are always the first out in the harshest of winter snows (see the one on the feeder below?!). There is one that has a strange marking- it looks like he has a white collar around his neck. This is the 3rd year I have seen him- he has been here ever since I moved in! The juncos stay around WTS in the summer as well, though many of their brethren have different winter and summer areas.
WTS also has quite a few White Tailed Deer visiting. The group below comes almost everyday and appears to be made up of one baby, two young does and an older doe- perhaps a mother and her 3 daughters. No sign of Andre Button this year so far.
And who have we here?? A little Eastern cottontail. It may actually be Silver Blaze, who if you remember was released here last year and stayed around for months enjoying the WTS woods. It is incredible to see this little bunny outside on the coldest nights of the year. How it manages to survive and find food I have no idea. I feel a mixture of pride for its success and fear for its vulnerability...but by all accounts it appears to be doing great!