Today's Mammals on Monday features an adult Virginia Opossum. This opossum resides at the Howell Nature Center in Howell, Michigan. This opossum loves fruit, nuts and seeds. The Virginia Opossum is North America's only marsupial. http://www.opossum.org/facts.htm
As part of it's mission to save injured animals, the Howell Nature Center rehabilitates animals and returns them to the wild, whenever possible. When an animal cannot be returned to the wild due to permanent injury or has lost it's fear of humans, they will either live the remainder of their lives at the center or a permanent home is found for them in another facility. This animal is a permanent resident of the center and was part of the Nature Photography Workshop I participated in on October 17, 2010.